Coun­cil pot not deep enough for Sports-ville

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The pro­posal for a multi-mil­lion dol­lar sports com­plex at Ngati­toa Do­main is on ‘‘per­ma­nent hold’’ af­ter fail­ing to re­ceive back­ing from Porirua City Coun­cil.

A con­sor­tium that in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Pare­mataPlim­mer­ton Rugby Foot­ball Club, Plim­mer­ton Bowl­ing Club, Plim­mer­ton Creche and a num­ber of other sports clubs, had planned to build a multi-use fa­cil­ity at the do­main in the next five to 10 years.

Con­cep­tual de­signs in­cluded a bar and cafe, meet­ing rooms, stor­age ar­eas, mod­ern chang­ing rooms and both nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial play­ing sur­faces, but a fea­si­bil­ity study came back with an es­ti­mated $20 mil­lion price-tag.

The coun­cil balked at the cost and de­cided dur­ing long term plan dis­cus­sions last year not to sup­port it in prin­ci­ple.

‘‘We were look­ing at a 5 per cent cut across all our bud­gets so we just had to say no. We didn’t want to put fund­ing into some­thing that may not have been a goer,’’ says Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett.

The Sports- ville con­sor­tium chair­man Michael Lovett said PCC’s un­will­ing­ness to back it – de­spite pro­vid­ing $10,000 to­wards the fea­si­bil­ity study – was ‘‘dis­ap­point­ing’’ and with­out it they could not pro­ceed.

‘‘That’s where we’ve landed and we see it as a real missed op­por­tu­nity, but the re­al­ity is there isn’t mil­lions of dol­lars around to do it. It’s on per­ma­nent hold – as a group we could take it to a cer­tain point, and we have.’’

Pare­mata- Plim­mer­ton RFC’s Martin High­gate says while they sup­ported the con­cept, es­pe­cially col­lab­o­rat­ing with other clubs and com­mu­nity groups, the club would nev­er­the­less progress its own up­grade plans in the coming years.

‘‘We have our foot­print there at Ngati­toa and we want to in­crease train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and do other things.

‘‘It [Sports-ville] was am­bi­tious and, although it’s not hap­pen­ing, I think it gen­er­ated dis­cus­sion around what our club should be do­ing.’’

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