A piece of Central Otago policing history is to go on the move for the third time.
The Clyde police lock-up was built in 1938 next to the sergeant’s house in Blyth St.
In 1960, it was relocated to the rear of the Clyde Courthouse, also in Blyth St.
In 2003, after the Courthouse was sold, the lock-up was moved to the rear of the Clyde Historical Museum, again in Blyth St, where it has been primarily used for museum storage ever since.
A meeting of the Vincent Community Board last week pproved a plan for the cell building to be make its furthest move yet Clyde Railway Station Recreation Reserve off Fraser St.
The decision follows a conservation plan for the lock-up which was reviewed in 2018 as part of a feasibility study to help determine the future of the Clyde museums, as detailed in a report by Central Otago District Council property and facilities officer (Vincent and Teviot Valley) Christina Martin.
According to her report, the conservation plan recommended “adaptive reuse” to give the lock-up more prominence and allow greater public enjoyment of it.
It further recommended the building be included on the Central Otago District Council’s register of heritage buildings, sites and objects.
Last year, the board approved the design brief to redevelop the Briar Herb Factory site which included the relocation of the lock-up to the site.
The Clyde Historical Museum Group requested the lock-up be relocated to inside the new building as the centrepiece of its gold-themed exhibition.
The design brief was tendered, and three architects were shortlisted.
Before the project could progress further, the board asked the council for an update on the Clyde Museum redevelopment project, and the draft district museum strategy.
In March, the board resolved to wait for the strategy to be finalised and the outcome of the investment framework be completed before continuing the project.
The risk of putting the project on hold was the lock-up could become trapped if vacant land behind the Clyde Historical Museum was developed.
In August 2021, the owners of that land told council staff they were planning to build in early 2022. They were open to the use of their land to help move the lock-up but asked it be done between May and September next year.
The board opted to approve the proposal to move the lock-up from the rear of museum to the reserve at a budget of $46,000, to be funded from Vincent general reserves and lease to be granted to the Clyde Historical Museum Group over 30m at the site.