Thin edge of wedge?
Arowing tank has been added to the concept plans for Wanaka’s proposed Water Sports Facility, increasing the building’s footprint by about 35m2 to 465m2.
The amendment has irked Wanaka ratepayer Grant Proudfoot, of Timaru, who says Roys Bay is not the right site for any building, and particularly a building of that scale.
Proudfoot this week described the change as the ‘‘thin edge of the wedge’’ and asked what else the trust might decide to add later.
‘‘They’ve been talking about a certain foot print for the building. Now, let alone they haven’t even got to resource consent, they’ve increased the foot print . . . In a few years, if the building is established, they may want to enlarge it again, add a community social lounge or an extension,’’ Proudfoot said.
Facility trust chairman Michael Sidey said last week he instructed architect Alistair Madill to add a rowing tank similar to the Otago University Aquatic Facility’s tank in Dunedin.
Sidey said he had only just learned about the Dunedin tank and its uses.
A Wanaka tank could have similar benefits and make rowing available to ‘‘anyone who wants to have a crack at it,’’ Sidey said.
Madill’s first concept plans were supported by many submitters at a lakefront reserves management plan hearing in Wanaka in July, but did not include a tank.
Sidey said the building footprint is an issue for resource
Plans: Wanaka Water Sports Facility trust chairman Michael Sidey, left, and architect Alistair Madill look over revised concept plans.