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Wellington house in danger of collapse

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/06/2017

A rundown house in the Wellington suburb of Mt Cook is in imminent danger of collapse, forcing a walkway next to it to be closed off.

The house, at 82 Wallace St, is dilapidated and earthquake-damaged.

Wellington City Council engineers inspected it last week and decided it was in danger of collapse should there be strong winds or an earthquake, so the decision was made to close a popular walkway next to it.

The walkway, which connects it to Wright Street, is used by pedestrians to get to a popular bus stop and dairy on Wallace Street.

Temporary barrier fencing was erected at each end of the walkway on Friday but pedestrians have been shifting the fencing to take the shortcut, council acting building compliance and consents manager Chris Scott says.

He wanted pedestrians to take heed of the barriers and to recognise that the old house poses a real danger.

"The new owners of the property want to start demolishing the house as quickly as possible - and the intention is that the demolition work should finish towards the end of next week," he said.

"When the demolition starts the walkway will, of necessity, become part of the demolition site so it will be impassable.

"In the meantime we're asking pedestrians to exercise patience and avoid the route."

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