To re­fur­bish or re­build hall...?

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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.

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