Peter Haynes seems hell bent on slicing up Chamberlain Park golf course – if he succeeds with his latest plan to put in a Chinese Garden, perhaps he will get a legacy plaque like mayor Robbie did when he opened the 18-hole golf course in 1980.
His previous scheme was to turn Chamberlain Park into a nine-hole course and develop sports fields – but the ‘‘strong logic’’ that Mr Haynes suggests for alternative uses for the park would cost ratepayers millions, not to mention kill one of the most popular golf courses in the country, which also provides cash to the local coffers.
Let’s hope common sense prevails here.
In terms of the Chinese Garden, why after being ‘‘rejected at numerous sites’’, does it have to be plonked on a very well used Chamberlain Park? Is it because of the big cheque that is being written?
Would Mr Haynes promote perfectly valid alternatives such as a Samoan church or an Indian temple if they put up the funds for example?
The fact is Mr Haynes has no public mandate for his latest venture.
The so-called consultation process he talks about can be likened to a well-known Disney character with big ears [Mickey Mouse].
Chamberlain Park has been sliced and diced to make way for various motorway extensions but has clung on to being an 18-hole course.
Under Mr Haynes’ tenure as chairman of the Albert-Eden Board, that designation is sadly under threat.
At least mayor Robbie’s claim was to save a public amenity!