New neigh-bour­hood for rid­ing for dis­abled

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

The Welling­ton Rid­ing for the Dis­abled or­gan­i­sa­tion is headed for greener pas­tures with the help of Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil.

After op­er­at­ing from its Kenepuru site for 30 years the group is head­ing for Bat­tle Hill Farm For­est Park on Paekakariki Hill Rd.

The char­ity was first given no­tice to va­cate it’s cur­rent site in March 2010 and has emailed it’s sup­port­ers as­sur­ing them of lit­tle dis­rup­tion dur­ing the move.

They plan to move into the new lo­ca­tion by Septem­ber 30 and run pro­grammes as usual in Term 4.

Pres­i­dent and coach Donna Kennedy said the move is a pos­i­tive step for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘We’re re­ally happy that we do have a fu­ture and Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil have worked re­ally hard to help us

Parks man­ager Amanda Cox con­firmed the re­gional coun­cil was in dis­cus­sions with the group about both a tem­po­rary li­cence and a longer term lease at Bat­tle Hill Farm For­est Park.

‘‘The tem­po­rary li­cence would be for use of the homestead pad­dock, of­fices and fa­cil­i­ties while RDA pre­pares a full ap­pli­ca­tion for a longer-term lease of part of Ab­botts Field.’’

The longer term lease would in­volve de­vel­op­ment of cov­ered arena and com­plex.

Kennedy said both agree­ments would re­quire the group to get the nec­es­sary con­sents and per­mits for de­vel­op­ment and a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process on the longer term agree­ment would take place.

‘‘Greater Welling­ton has a very pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with a RDA Welling­ton, and they pro­vide an in­valu­able ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We have been work­ing closely to­gether for a num­ber of months now, and are con­fi­dent that we can de­liver an out­come that works well for ev­ery­one.’’

Welling­ton Rid­ing for the Dis­abled is one of over 50 in­de­pen­dent groups through­out the coun­try af­fil­i­ated to the New Zealand As­so­ci­a­tion.

The group was es­tab­lished in 1974 and caters to clients from Welling­ton City to Kapiti.

They pro­vide rid­ing five days a week to over 50 clients.

Rid­ing for the Dis­abled is on the move after 30 years at their Kenepuru site

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