Recreation Centre ‘a significant cost’
this and on what basis?
My interest in this subject was sparked by the mayor’s clear statement to me that Balclutha is paying 70 per cent of the Cross loan repayment. ( Abridged)
Stuart Bayford - Milton
Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan replies:
I think the entire district can see that Balclutha has had the lion’s share of community projects in the last 10 years, but after a generation of inertia, it’s desperately needed.
One of the main hopes from the Our Place Community Plans was to redress this imbalance by facilitating action in each community, listening to and working with positive people to develop their aspirations for the towns they love.
As a district we need more cohesion and greater realisation that if one town such as Milton becomes more vibrant and encourages growth, it’s beneficial to all the district; it’s about collectively upping our game.
I appreciate there is a nervousness around costs but doing nothing, and living in the past, costs – it costs our school rolls, our community and volunteer groups. It creates empty shops and fewer opportunities. That’s not council’s vision for our future and after the almost 2000 feedback comments from so many people in Milton, thankfully it’s not what they see for their future either.
Cross Recreation Centre, Balclutha.