Sports centre uncertain
Parks subdivision and not to build it in town, incorporating the Wanaka showgrounds, Lakeview Holiday Park and Pembroke Park. The land at Three Parks was 5.5ha, a reserves contribution from Willowridge Developments, the subdivision’s developer. A peer review earlier this year found the shape of the proposed building needed to change and a further 1.4ha needed to be bought at the site. Mr MacLeod bet Queenstown deputy mayor Lyal Cocks during the election, 2398 votes to 1797 votes. After the election former Wanaka councillor Jude Battson, who failed in her bid to reclaim her seat, said Wanaka voters were ‘‘deluded’’ and Mr MacLeod only had one agenda to stand and that was the sport centre. Mr MacLeod said: ‘‘I did have an agenda. ‘‘It was well publicised and well known.’’ ‘‘It was very flattering and very humbling (to be elected) but it reflects what the community wants,’’ he said. Mr MacLeod said he did not want to stop the building of a sports complex but said it was time for the council to also ‘‘reflect’’ on its decisions and the outcome of the election at the next council meeting. Mr MacLeod said his goal was to remain on council for at least six years and he would not ‘‘throw the toys out of the pram in the first month’’ if he was not pleased with the decision on the sports complex. The sports centre is scheduled to open in 2016.