The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 1914. AKAROA BOROUGH BUILDING BY LAWS.
* Therm: M-ems to be some miaundera »i;dii;g about /"' of 9PB of :*e A , Boioagh Conufivs By lav No. ia .'t-f.->mr r ' le '■.'.-or<ciii/ti of fi_iidu' ; 'ji. v a."3<t w coi r-h ' qutXieo the Borough Council have decided that tbe new butter factory of tbe Akaroa Co operative Butter Com pany, which is to be erected at the corner el Jolie and*BaJgaeri streets *vil! have to sta_d back Gins, from the
street line on accouut of the projecting eaves, etc. It is considered that in this matter the Council have made a wrong interpretation of tbe clause re garding "projections from building?," and that a3 a matter of fact the Company has a perfect right to bring its building-up to the street line. Clause 293 reads as follows : —
"No part of any building or any projection from any building such as is mentioned in the last previous section, or any architectural decoration, or architectural feature attached or belonging to any buildiDg shall project over any street, footpath, or public thoroughfare, a greater distance than *hi thickness of the wall of the storey vn which it rests, or to which it is ittacbed, or in any case more than twenty-four inches beyond the line of tbe street or in any caße at a less height than thirteen feet measured from the level of the street or foot-
way." v As will be aeeD, this clause allows v a projection, the thickness of the wall a ove-' the street. The wall of the new v factory will be 9in in thickness, and the piers, which project out another 0 4sic or sin, should be flush with the E street line. The projections allowed g for the butter factory building should g r berefore be, in compliance with the ~ By laws, at lea?t 9in and about l_in t •»fc the piers. The actual projections illowed for the factory are 9'n, a °d on i •iccount of these projections the Coun ' cil are putting the building back from , tbo street line 6in. Anyone with ex pert knowledge in the interpretation l of building By laws as carried out in Obrntcburch must know that it would be absurd to place a building back from the street line to bring its projections up to that line. This would mean that instead of the walls of the building coming up the street line they would be placed back according to their projection, which would give an in and out appearance to the buildings along that street line. That, of course, is not intended at all, the main object of such a clause being
that the projections from buildings shall not overhang the street, as there is a danger of their structural strength being 1 such as to render it a danger to those who pass beneath. This would refer more particularly to protruding balconies and other projections which exceeded the thickness of the wall ? from which they projected, thus mak--3 ing them nosufe. We have brought this matter u/.d.er the notice of the Akarof. Buiqugh Council so far a" wa can undferbcuud the facts that have betfti Ijiouulr under our. notice, because it wouM certainly be depriving thogo byi'rTng on sections of a considerable porMnn of their building i anp, iind it wnuld indeed be a pity if ; tha Council in the more closely built ar_'-»3 in tbe ten adhered to such an 3 into'-pvetnJiui r.f this Bylaw, and thus rendered it impossible to have a street of buildings standing flush with the street line. [Since writing the above we have I been given to understand that the ' Council has given the Company permission to put their building on the street line.].