Museum referendum

So councillor Baldock wants a new referendum on a Museum in Tauranga.

Oh no, not again! With council's squandering of ratepayers’ money on ill-considered projects, I wouldn't trust them to build a privy, never mind a museum.

I despair of councillor Baldock who has voted in favour of the Tauranga City Council reneging on their promise to transfer 11 Mission St to the Elms, but rather give it to the Otamataha Trust for free and with an ill-thought-out and unworkable lease arrangement.

The reason the council bought 11 Mission St was for it to be added to the Elms estate so the Elms could build a visitor centre/museum over 7 (already owned by the Elms) and 11 Mission St, highlighting the Elms and its place in Tauranga's rich history. This is not viable unless the Elms can combine both titles.

It seems that councillor Baldock would rather the council failed to honour its promise to the Elms and the Elms proposed development in favour of a grandiose pie-in-the sky museum somewhere else.

Richard Prince, Welcome Bay




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