Board seeks more de­tail

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be­come avail­able in nine years if it was needed. She rec­om­mended the com­mu­nity board charge rent of $1500 plus GST a year for the first three years with the level there­after as­sessed by a val­uer. But some board mem­bers felt this was too low with Gor­don Ste­wart sug­gest­ing $4000 a year af­ter the first year would be more ap­pro­pri­ate. It was one of sev­eral as­pects of the pro­posal which the board sought more in­for­ma­tion on be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion. It wanted a clause in­cluded in the agree­ment which would en­able early ter­mi­na­tion of the lease should a more lu­cra­tive of­fer be pre­sented. ‘‘What hap­pens if some­one wants to build a movie stu­dio there?’’ Terry Em­mitt asked. Mr Ste­wart agreed, say­ing he ap­pre­ci­ated the ap­pli­cants re­quired se­cu­rity if they were go­ing to in­vest in a new busi­ness but the board needed to con­sider what it would do if the ‘‘big one’’ turned up. ‘‘We didn’t think a few years ago that there would be a motorsport park here.’’ Whether the height of the sails would in­ter­fere with the ex­ist­ing power lines and how wa­ter and wastew­a­ter ser­vices would be pro­vided to the busi­ness were other ar­eas of con­cern, along with any other po­ten­tial re­source con­sent re­quire­ments. More in­for­ma­tion on the type of track sur­face, car park­ing pro­vi­sion and any other land de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als was also sought, and coun­cil staff were asked to dis­cuss with the ap­pli­cants whether they had con­sid­ered any other sites or were in­ter­ested in buy­ing the land. The writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tion said the Ceme­tery Rd site was pre­ferred be­cause it re­ceived un­ob­structed wind, was close to the town cen­tre and near the High­lands Motorsport Park. His­tor­i­cal data in­di­cated the site re­ceived enough wind to op­er­ate the carts from Septem­ber to April; the busi­ness would be closed over win­ter. The ap­pli­ca­tion said non-toxic track sur­face and dust sup­pres­sant op­tions were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated with a clean, green, quiet ac­tiv­ity which met Qual­mark en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards planned. Board deputy chair­woman Helen Huck­le­bridge wanted more in­for­ma­tion about the amount of dust the Blokart track could cre­ate, say­ing she was wor­ried it could af­fect the motorsport park. The ap­pli­cants said about 10,000 blokarts, de­signed and built in New Zealand, had been sold world­wide since pro­duc­tion be­gan in 2000. There were now blokart clubs in nu­mer­ous coun­tries and an an­nual world cham­pi­onship. They could be op­er­ated by any­one aged over 8 and rid­den in tan­dem, on sur­faces from beaches to car parks, and some peo­ple used them for land-based sail­ing train­ing. The ap­pli­cants hoped to add other sport equip­ment hire to their op­er­a­tion, which would cre­ate sum­mer jobs, along with elec­tric drift carts which blokart man­u­fac­tur­ers were now work­ing on. Most of the board mem­bers sup­ported the pro­posal with Glen Chris­tiansen say­ing the McLel­lans would run a sharp busi­ness.

Blow­ing with the wind: Blokart rac­ing.

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