A longer term view of council owned land is being urged by former city councillor Mary Dillon in a submission on the council’s Ten Year Plan today.
Mary is urging the council to reconsider its proposal to sell several city parks and reserves and to “widen its lens” and look at other uses for the land.
She says the Soper and Tatua Reserves in Newton Street Mount Maunganui should not be sold.
While the council has earmarked the Soper Reserve for a future badminton development, she suggests the Tatua Reserve would be ideal for future development of an extreme youth sports facility.
She says Aspen Reserve in the city should also be retained as a vital piece of green space, and the council should take a longer view when considering the disposal of parks.
“History is repeating itself. We have been here before and stopped then by the Minister for Conservation.”
Mary says for example the Cheyne Road Reserve could be considered for use as a community garden.
Land along Takitimu Drive was retained as public green space as a deliberate council decision after Route P was opened. Mary says if it is sold for housing, the future property owners will need to cut down the greenery as it will affect their views.
Land around the Greerton Village square should also be retained by council because eventually the city council will redevelop the Greerton Library and a community centre in that area.
“This is especially important if the council does not intend to build any other libraries long term.”
Mary feels council should also keep ownership of the car park across the road from the library.
“We know that taking a long term view with the Papamoa Library is the smart thing to do, and Greerton deserves no less.”
She also urged the longer view to apply to the council proposal to sell off the 40 hectare property at Mather’s Road Waihi. It was bought 13-years-ago as a potential landfill site, and Mary wants it kept because there is no guarantee the city will continue to be allowed to dump its rubbish in the Waikato.