Deadline looms on sport grounds

Aug 22nd, 2017 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News

The deadline is just days away for submissions on the proposed sport and recreation facilities for Tamahere and locals are urged to have their say.

A concept plan of the Tamahere sports and recreation grounds (click to enlarge).

Tamahere ward councillor Aksel Bech said whatever is decided now will not be changed or re-done for decades.

“We are a fast growing community that has previously not really had many facilities,” he said.

“The school, St Stephens and the hall, in the last decade, have been the only places the community has regularly gathered.

“We now have this project underway and I urge all those in the Tamahere Ward to have a say – whatever we decide to do will not be changed or re-done for decades so let’s make sure we get what we want!”

At about the halfway point of the month long consultation period just under 20% of those sent the Waikato District Council (WDC) consultation papers had responded.

“It would be great to have a greater response so that the Tamahere Community Committee and WDC can be sure we have a clear and representative view to act on. I urge everyone to respond and have their voice heard by completing the submission online or by returning the form. More forms are available at Tamahere School reception if you need another one.”

The council has proposed two options for the sport and recreation reserve, bounded by the Tamahere School and community centre grounds, Wiremu Tamihana Drive and Airport Rd. One option’s facilities will come at no extra cost; the other, with more facilities, would require a small, annual charge on rates.

The basic, no-further-cost option includes a basic playground, skatepark, standard connecting footpaths, planting and park furniture.

The enhanced option, which would need funding of an estimated $38 a year on rates, would have a better and bigger playground, a more exciting skatepark, a fitness trail looping the reserve, a basketball half-court, staging and lighting in the piazza area and higher specification walkways and park furniture.

The Tamahere Community Committee supports the enhanced option, as does Councillor Bech.

Bech said that at the council table he would reflect the views of the community as expressed through the consultation process.

“As a ratepayer and long time resident, personally given the choice between “neighbourhood level” and “destination level” I would go for awesomeness every time – and at $38 per year that makes it an easy decision for me.”

Submissions close 5pm this Friday, August 25. For more information and to provide feedback on the proposal click here.

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2 Comments to “Deadline looms on sport grounds”

  1. Natalie kusabs says:

    Prefer enhanced option

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