Coun­cil med­i­tates on plan

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

VOL­UN­TEERS at a Ned­lands med­i­ta­tion stu­dio are hop­ing for a peace­ful tran­si­tion to new West Leed­erville premises af­ter the next Cam­bridge Coun­cil meet­ing.

Mind­ful­ness Med­i­ta­tion Hub fa­cil­i­ta­tor Nick Ru­binich opened the stu­dio at the end of 2016 and is look­ing to re­lo­cate from the one-room space.

Mr Ru­binich said the West Leed­erville space would be about six times the size of the cur­rent stu­dio, al­low­ing for a re­cep­tion area, small li­brary and med­i­ta­tion space.

The group’s ap­pli­ca­tion to change 443 Vin­cent Street West’s use from an of­fice to health stu­dio was rec­om­mended for ap­proval at last week’s de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee meet­ing but Mr Ru­binich re­quested changes to client and hour re­stric­tions along with a longer ap­proval pe­riod.

“This is a missed op­por­tu­nity to help the com­mu­nity with their men­tal health and well­be­ing,” he said at the meet­ing.

He said the ses­sions needed to be flex­i­ble around vol­un­teers’ avail­abil­ity.

Cr Jane Pow­ell said the difficulty was that the com­mit­tee did not have the amend­ments Mr Ru­binich was propos­ing.

Along with con­di­tions on hours and at­ten­dance, a one-year ap­proval was pro­posed to al­low the Town to come back and re­assess in 12 months time.

The com­mit­tee voted 5-0 to de­fer the ap­pli­ca­tion to Tues­day’s or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing.

Mr Ru­binich said the med­i­ta­tion stu­dio had not ex­pected the re­stric­tions, but that a coun­cil­lor and the Town ad­min­is­tra­tion had since reached out and were work­ing with the group. The med­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ta­tor said while he un­der­stood the Town wanted to man­age risk, the stu­dio needed a longer guar­an­tee than a year.

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