The Historic Village Strategy planned to turn the centre on 17th Avenue into a financially viable community organisation has been approved by Tauranga City Council.
Council’s strategy and policy committee approved the strategy on Tuesday afternoon, despite some concerns from councillors.
The Historic Village in 17th Avenue.
The Historic Village Strategy is supposed to stir the village out of its doldrums, providing direction and instilling new life into the village.
But the approved strategy on the surface appears to retain the present council command control structure, leading some councillors to become concerned about the apparent lack of voice of the village advisory group.
Councillor Wayne Moultrie called for a workshop on setting up a trust.
Murray Guy, the former project steering group chairman, also commented that the advisory group would not have any teeth.
Group manager business services Dean Riley’s says the advisory group doesn’t need teeth but instead needs to develop a Master Plan to become the decision-making template for the village’s future.
He says with the strategy approved they will be able to offer tenants proper leases turning the village’s financial performance around.
Dean says the draft strategy specifically consulted with management, with 74 per cent of those replying preferring the village to remain a council activity.
The issue was flagged by Tauranga organiser and village tenant Mike Frolich in his original submissions.
He says the city council’s insistence on remaining an integral part of village management is at the core of most of the problems experienced by the village in the last 10 years.
He also says the two main village user groups have totally different views on how the village should operate. The retailers want to open it up, while the majority representing the social services tenants, do not.