MIL OSI – Source: Hutt City
Headline: Lighting towers at Hutt Rec to be removed
The towers, standing 24m high were installed in 1940 and an engineer’s report commissioned by Hutt City Council has found they needed to be refurbished and this would require a significant amount of work. The last time they were turned on was for a Phoenix Game in the 2014/15 season.
Council’s Parks Asset Manager Aaron Marsh says, “Approximately $750,000 to $1m was needed to refurbish the towers, or up to $1.5m to replace them. To justify an upgrade or replacement there needed to be evidence of significant use of these lights. Their use has been infrequent over the last 10 years and as part of the 2016/17 Annual Plan last year Council agreed to fund the decommissioning.”
It will cost $200,000 to remove the towers. Next week Hutt Rec will be closed from 9am – 3pm while the deconstruction work takes place. Two cranes will be onsite and appropriate safety measures will be in place.
The power will come off and then lights, cables and switching gear will be decommissioned, removed and recycled. It is estimated the work will take up to one week depending on weather.
The lights operating over the artificial turf field will not be affected by the work and night time play on this field will continue as usual.
Once the extensive foundations have been removed the pits will be filled in, grassed over or concreted.