CLAREMONT Council voted last night to remove three properties from the Town’s heritage list, much to the relief of the owners in the public gallery.
The owners of the Hammond Street and Walter Street properties were present to make their case.
George Pinakis of Hammond Street asked “which of you (councillors) would like to have their property heritage listed inside and out?”
Mr Pinakis said half of the land area of his property was currently unusable, and that the internal preservation requirements were so onerous he asked “will we have to apply for a small bar license so we can get some of our money back?”
Council noted that Mr Pinakis’ property was the only one in its street that was not built in the past decade or so, and that it had little apparent historic significance in itself.
Sarah Vaughan of Walter Street said she and her husband were not made aware that the property was being considered for heritage listing until long after they purchased it.
Cr Chris Mews noted that while Ms Vaughan’s property was post-war, the rest of the homes in her street were Federation era and that as such her property was already out of step with the area.
Cr Bruce Haynes said that reclassifying the properties with a category C heritage listing was a better option than removal, as it would not prevent redevelopment but would give the Town some input in the event of a renovation or even demolition.
Council ultimately voted to remove the two properties, along with a property on Servetus Street, with Mayor Jock Barker using his casting vote to break the deadlock.