Cr Lee Hemsley presented the motion behind closed doors last Wednesday night because recent testing indicated a low level of airborne asbestos fibres that would not be harmful to members.
The councillors’ motion stated that closing the facility for six months or longer was ‘high risk action, with significant negative impacts on staff, tenants, users of Lords and the city’s finances’.
A delay in re-roofing will allow structural engineers to assess the building and for roof replacement tenders to be advertised and considered.
But the motion was lost 11-2 with Crs Lynley Hewett and Hugh Richardson voting for it.
Cr Hemsley eventually voted against the revocation.
The City will call for tenders to replace the roof and remove the asbestos.
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