Council pot not deep enough for Sports-ville
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.’’