Turf funding process probed
Legal advice is being sought over the process which approved Porirua City Council’s involvement in the building of an artificial turf at Ascot Park.
A commitment of over $594,000 in loans and grants to the $1.8 million project was approved by council on February 22, and an attempt to withdraw council funding voted down 7-6 on March 8.
But Mayor Nick Leggett – who has been outspoken with his doubts about the facility’s backers’ financial position – says there have been concerns raised by a member of the public over the process followed.
An issue surrounding a conflict of interest for councillor Rob Rangi has been dis- counted, but Mr Leggett confirmed that legal advice has been sought ‘‘on several points relating to the application of the turf trust’’.
Councillor Ken Douglas, who is chairman of the audit and risk subcommittee, has asked PCC chief executive Gary Simpson to report back to the council, which could occur in the next few weeks.
Mr Leggett says there are ‘‘questions worth asking, we want this done properly.
‘‘If there are gaps, then there could be exposure to the council.’’
One of the chief drivers of the turf, Porirua Vikings president Bernie Wood, says he is not concerned by a review – the Porirua Synthetic Sports Field Trust had done ‘‘all we can’’.