20 Feb 2012

Quake-prone Basin Reserve stand closed

9:14 am on 20 February 2012

Wellington councillor John Morrison says the council will need to balance the historic importance of the Basin Reserve with the cost of fixing a grandstand that has been declared earthquake prone.

The 88-year-old Museum Stand at the cricket grounds was yellow-stickered on Friday.

An assessment is being carried out on the cost of strengthening it.

Mr Morrison, who is also a member of the Basin Reserve Trust, says it will cost about $800,000 to strengthen the stand.

A New Zealand v South Africa test is scheduled next month and about 1000 seats will be lost with the stand's closure.