Board seeks more detail
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.