Cromwell hall move scoped
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 After it was put to a vote, a resolution to proceed with the refurbishment of the hall was rescinded. Also rescinded was a resolution to establish the cost for a new build of the same plan and level of service as the rebuild option.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.