Arches project seeks more funding
A $14,000 shortfall in funding is holding up the start of the Lawrence Arches green space project, its managers say.
Lawrence Heritage Trust chairman Roger Cotton spoke at a Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board meeting last Wednesday, outlining progress towards raising $33,000 to establish the Lawrence Arches.
This would utilise the timber arches from the old Lawrence swimming pool building, at the eastern end of town, with the rest to be demolished by the Clutha District Council, at a separate cost of $25,000.
The heritage trust had so far raised $19,000; $10,000 from a Charitable Trusts Foundation grant, $3000 from the Tuapeka West Community Trust, $4850 from the Lawrence Lions Swede Competition, and $1150 from private donations.
The trust had applied for $2000 from the Evans Flat Social Society, and Foodstuffs Community Trust, for $6000.
It had also sought funding from the Clutha District Council’s Kate Leslie Trust for $3,000, which was later granted at the meeting.
However, Cotton asked members to consider a request for a further $3000 from the board’s general purposes/heritage fund.
In his written submission he says: ‘‘The Lawrence Heritage Trust feels that if the project cannot be ready to go by November, it will be an opportunity lost. The shortfall is the only hold up.’’
Community board member Paul Tansley was sceptical about the ‘‘top-up’’ request.
‘‘When did it become a community board thing?
‘‘It was supposed to be selffunding.’’
He stressed he wasn’t against the project, but felt the request was a ‘‘change’’ from the original motion, which supported the concept in principle, and to cover the demolition costs.
However, the motion did not appear to preclude the trust from approaching the community board for funding, Clutha District councillor and board member Geoff Blackmore said.
The trust was obviously looking at every possible avenue to get the project across the line, board member Geoff Davidson said.
Members agreed that they needed to talk to the heritage trust to clarify the position, and would defer making a decision on the funding request until the November meeting.
The old swimming pool at Lawrence, and site of a proposed green space project, the Lawrence Arches.