Power play pushed off

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How­ever, Clare­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode said it had been ad­vised it would not be con­sid­ered for un­der­ground power fund­ing be­cause there were more pro­pos­als than money to go around and its pole in­fra­struc­ture was in bet­ter con­di­tion than other ar­eas, which would get pri­or­ity for fund­ing.

Mr Goode said the re­sult of the re­jec­tion had yet to be dis­cussed by coun­cil­lors, and it was un­known how the coun­cil would now ap­proach the pro­ject.

“We don’t just have the money ly­ing around for the ex­tra $3 mil­lion to $4 mil­lion, so it is a big de­ci­sion for Coun­cil to con­sider,” he said.

Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker said the re­fusal would not be the coun­cil’s fi­nal at­tempt to com­plete un­der­ground power in the Town, which had been re­buffed sev­eral times in the past.

Mr Barker said he was dis­ap­pointed when the coun­cil was pre­pared to con­trib­ute a greater per­cent­age to the cost than pro­pos­als from other coun­cils.

Coun­cil­lors are likely to con­sider a re­port on the fu­ture of the re­main­ing need for un­der­ground power in the sub­urb at ei­ther of their meet­ings in Oc­to­ber.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Mayor Jock Barker wanted un­der­ground power to re­place over­head lines and pruned trees in the rest of his town.

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