Sports cen­tre un­cer­tain

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.

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