Media release: Winton Library update

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Progress continues on the reinstatement of Winton Library for the community.

Southland District Council senior project manager Wayne Ramsay has been appointed to oversee the next phase and brings over 30 years commercial construction experience to the role.

Group manager customer delivery Trudie Hurst said the focus was now on assessing the scope of work required.

“We are committed to returning a safe and sound building to our community and staff,” she said.

“Wayne is a qualified builder and quantity surveyor and has also spent time as a commercial building inspector so his skillset will be a great asset.”

The Winton Library building in Wemyss Street was closed in May last year after mould spores were discovered. In November, the results of comprehensive testing confirmed the mould issue and fungal contamination had been eliminated.

“With the building itself passing all environmental testing, we are now finalising costs to enable us to reopen it to a modern standard. This will need to go before Council for approval and we are aiming for this to happen by the end of April,” Ms Hurst said.

The temporary Winton library and office will continue to operate from the RSA Hall in the foreseeable future.

Ms Hurst said staff were eager to hear from the public if they could help to enhance their library experience.

“We appreciate this has been disruptive for our customers and our staff and want to reassure everyone good progress is being made,” she said.

“If we can help our library users get access to our services in a different way, we are keen to hear from them. It could be anything from arranging for the bookbus to stop once a fortnight at the old library, accessing our home delivery service or even a ‘library pick up’ for those who are unable to walk to drive to the temporary site.

“We respect the role libraries play in our communities and we are dedicated to ensuring people can enjoy all the programmes and services on offer.”

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