Tauranga City Council has decided to remove the Soper Reserve, known as Brewers Field, from its list of land to sell following strong public opposition.
In deliberations on the Ten Year Plan submissions this week, councillors voted to remove the reserve, along with the Aspen Reserve, from the list of properties the council is proposing to sell.
Soper Reserve is no longer on the Tauranga City Council’s list of properties for sale.
But the Tatua Reserve on Newton Street remains on the sale list and the public will get a second chance to express opinions on that decision during the reserve revocation process.
There were 188 public submissions opposing the sale of the $2.5million Soper Reserve, many from patrons of the neighbouring Brewer’s Bar.
The submissions process also attracted notice from the Soper family, which first donated the land to the former Mount Maunganui Borough Council.
Tauranga City Council staff are investigating the family’s statement that the land was donated on condition the family be offered first refusal if its use was ever changed.
The Badminton Club have also submitted to build clubrooms on the Soper Reserve.
A 38 hectare block at the southern end of the Kopurererua Valley between Route K and the golf course is also off the sale list due to strong public opposition.
Most of the block will be set aside for wetlands as part of the K Valley project.