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Coming down ... The date the former Gore Swimming Baths is due to be demolished has been re vised to mid-April. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

While demolition of the former Gore Swimming Baths has been delayed, its new owners still expect a self-serve fuel station will open on the site in mid-June as planned.

In February, Mandy and Guy Henderson, who had operated their Hokonui Engineering business in the building since 2003, sold it to Nelson Petroleum Distributors Ltd (NPD).

The fuel distributors planned to demolish the workshop and build a self-serve fuel station on the site.

NPD chief executive Barry Sheridan said the company experienced some unexpected delays in the consenting process from the Gore District Council.

“The consenting process is now complete.

“Demolition is now due to start in mid-April,” Mr Sheridan said.

Although there had been a delay in the demolition the group expected the business would open on schedule.

“We’ve been able to move some of the construction phase forward, so certain parts of

the construction can begin as the demolition is finishing up.

“We are hoping for construction to begin within a couple of weeks of the demolition beginning.”

Gore District Council infrastructure general manager Ramesh Sharma said a resource consent was issued in December.

However, the company required a dispensation under the council’s subdivision and development bylaw to construct wider-than-normal access to the site from River St.

This was applied for separately.

“There were concerns the movement of heavy vehicles on to and from the site would cause issues for traffic using River St, which is the heavy traffic bypass,” Mr Sharma said.

council approved the River St access subject to a review taking place six months after the NPD service station opened.

“The review will focus on whether any problems have arisen from vehicles turning right into the site from River St,” he said.