Turf fund­ing process probed

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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’’.

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