Hutt City Council closes Petone Rec grandstand

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Published: 26 May 2023

Hutt City Council advises that the grandstand at Petone Rec has been closed following an early indication from engineers that raises issues of earthquake risk of the grandstand seating area.

Engineers are in the process of carrying out an assessment of the earthquake rating of the grandstand and clubrooms.  A detailed seismic assessment will be available in approximately two to three weeks.

Early indications have shown concerns with the structural integrity of the grandstand’s concrete pillars.

Those attending the senior mens’ club rugby match between Petone and Wainuiomata are asked to bring a collapsible chair if they require one. Council is also investigating other seating options to mitigate the impact of the grandstand seating being unavailable.

Signs have been put up advising the grandstand is closed and the gates to the grandstand itself are locked.  The changing room facilities as part of the structure will not be affected.

Hutt City Council Director Neighbourhoods and Communities, Andrea Blackshaw, says public safety is paramount and it is best to close the grandstand while engineers finalise their assessment of the facility.

“We would like to assure players and their whānau that we are working as fast as we can to determine the condition of the grandstand and the clubrooms.”

Over the next few weeks we will work closely with Petone Rugby Club regarding future fixtures.