Cromwell hall move scoped

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A po­ten­tial new site for Cromwell’s Memo­rial Hall will be scoped af­ter the com­mu­nity board re­solved to halt all rede­vel­op­ment work on the cur­rent build­ing.

Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board mem­bers con­sid­ered a re­port to progress the rede­vel­op­ment project for the hall at a meet­ing last Tues­day. Af­ter it was put to a vote, a res­o­lu­tion to pro­ceed with the re­fur­bish­ment of the hall was re­scinded. Also re­scinded was a res­o­lu­tion to es­tab­lish the cost for a new build of the same plan and level of ser­vice as the re­build op­tion.

Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board Chair Neil Gille­spie said as a re­sult there there were no live res­o­lu­tions left for any project to be un­der­taken in re­spect of the hall.

‘‘To de­ter­mine what any fu­ture project in re­spect of the hall will look like the board re­solved to hold a work­shop be­fore the end of the year with the aim of iden­ti­fy­ing if there is a more ap­pro­pri­ate al­ter­na­tive site and scope for a new hall. It will also de­ter­mine what to do with the cur­rent hall.

‘‘I un­der­stand that there are a range of frus­tra­tions in the com­mu­nity. Some feel this has dragged on too long and some of the view that the re­fur­bish op­tion was not rel­e­vant for the com­mu­nity.

‘‘The re­al­ity is that democ­racy has to be ap­plied and lo­cal gov­ern­ment pro­cesses need to be fol­lowed and that has got the board to this point.

‘‘This de­ci­sion pro­vides the board with the op­por­tu­nity to can­vas wider and look at how the hall project fits within the wider de­vel­op­ment of the Cromwell and its fu­ture needs.

‘‘I ex­pect that the work­shop will en­able the board to es­tab­lish a path for­ward for the hall and con­sider what com­mu­nity en­gage­ment is to be un­der­taken.’’

The de­ci­sion has been met with out­rage from some sec­tors of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing Neville and He­len Huck­le­bridge who are call­ing for the Of­fice of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral to eval­u­ate the process to date.

‘‘I fail to see the logic be­hind the de­ci­sion fi­nally ar­rived at.

‘‘Once again the CEO and coun­cil of­fi­cers gave their un­bi­ased opin­ions, which re­in­forced both the le­gal de­ci­sion pre­vi­ously re­ceived and the out­come of the re­cent re­port from the Aus­tralasian firm Mor­ri­son Low. All of this ad­vice was ig­nored,’’ Neville Huck­le­bridge said.

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