Sub­mit­ters hit out at hall hell

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

A sep­a­rate group to speed up the re­fur­bish­ment or re­build process of the Cromwell Memo­rial Hall has been mooted.

At a Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board hear­ing on Fri­day, lo­cal ar­chi­tect Jessie Suther­land pro­posed a sep­a­rate en­tity to ‘‘steer the de­vel­op­ment’’ rather than hav­ing the is­sue ‘‘at ev­ery six-weekly meet­ing’’.

The hall has had mul­ti­ple de­lays due to dif­fer­ing opin­ions on whether to re­fur­bish, to re­build while keep­ing some of the ex­ist­ing struc­ture, or to re­build from scratch.

The lat­est de­lay was so Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil staff could seek le­gal ad­vice on whether the board had ’’mucked up’’ by re­ject­ing a pre­vi­ous res­o­lu­tion to pro­ceed with work.

Suther­land sug­gested a new group was needed to en­sure a ‘‘favourable, timely’’ out­come.

‘‘Ef­fort needs to be di­rected to a com­mon goal, get­ting a memo­rial hall.’’

Suther­land ques­tioned why it was as­sumed the foun­da­tions and floor of the present hall could be kept when other parts were ’’sig­nif­i­cantly lack­ing’’ in to­day’s build­ing stan­dards.

She also be­lieved build­ing on the orig­i­nal foun­da­tions would not go ahead once the ground be­neath the present one had been as­sessed.

Ear­lier board mem­ber Robin Dicey out­lined the po­ten­tial in­sta­bil­ity of the ground due to his­toric gold min­ing.

That meant an up­grade would risk public safety so a com­plete re­build was the only op­tion, he said.

Dicey was re­spond­ing to an­other sub­mit­ter, He­len Huck­le­bridge.

She sug­gested that due to the in­tro­duc­tion of new op­tions, an­other public con­sul­ta­tion was war­ranted.

Huck­le­bridge sub­mit­ted that the $5.4 mil­lion up­grade should pro­ceed rather than an­other costly con­sul­ta­tion.

Huck­le­bridge fin­ished by slam­ming the board’s han­dling of the is­sue.

If the board chose to go with a new build ‘‘you will have de­prived the ma­jor­ity of the com­mu­nity of what they said they wanted and needed’’, Huck­le­bridge said.

‘‘It’s not too late for you to ac­cept the re­al­ity of the con­se­quences of the process.’’

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