To refurbish or rebuild hall...?
A community leader championing the refurbishment of the Cromwell Memorial Hall is struggling to find the logic behind the community board’s decision to accept a notice of motion put forward halting work.
Former community board member Helen Hucklebridge, who spoke at the meeting in support of the refurbishment, said the decision was made despite the advice given by the council chief executive, as well as the properties manager and the board chairman.
‘‘The board was advised to consider very carefully how the motion would cause huge problems.
‘‘This was said over and over again.
‘‘The current plans as accepted by the previous board and ratified by the present board in February, had been through a lengthy public consultation process,’’ Hucklebridge said.
‘‘Becca was commissioned to provide concept drawings, these concept plans then went out for public consultation, back to the board and then to Becca.
‘‘Final detailed drawings were commissioned which were approved by the board before going out to tender with three quotes being received.
‘‘In my opinion, this is the correct and only way that the process should work.’’
The board was presented with a plan from [Robin] Dicey, provided by a design and build firm from Timaru, and no-one could provide any certainty if qualified advice had been sought regarding acoustics, heating, lighting or sound equipment, Hucklebridge said.
‘‘There was just an estimate provided and no project management, kitchen fit-out or contingency sums were included.’’
Dicey’s proposal was not guaranteed to save any money, and not fit for purpose as Cromwell’s Memorial Hall, Hucklebridge said.