Coun­cil of­fered Ohau prime land for $1

The Horowhenua Mail - - WHAT’S ON - MIRI SCHROETER

Prime land op­po­site a Horowhenua vine­yard could soon be in coun­cil hands for just $1.

The sale was due to go to a vote at a Horowhenua District Coun­cil meet­ing in July, but it was can­celled af­ter six coun­cil­lors put in their apolo­gies.

This was the first full coun­cil meet­ing to be can­celled for three terms.

Now the cheap 3113 square me­tre lot re­mains un­claimed by the coun­cil and the mat­ter will be dis­cussed at this month’s meet­ing.

Bishop Vine­yard Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion project man­ager Barry Clevely said the as­so­ci­a­tion was ’’gift­ing’’ the lot on Pinot Cres to the coun­cil.

But the trans­ac­tion had dragged af­ter the meet­ing was can­celled and Clevely hoped the sale would be fi­nalised as soon as pos­si­ble, he said.

If the sale went ahead, part of the agree­ment was that the coun­cil would not build on the land un­less it was for the good of the com­mu­nity, such as con­struct­ing a play­ground, Clevely said.

Clevely wanted the space to serve the com­mu­nity as there were lim­ited public fields in the area, he said.

The coun­cil de­clined to com­ment un­til the sub­ject had been dis­cussed at the coun­cil meet­ing on Au­gust 30.

Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Kelvin Teix­eira said it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to pro­vide fur­ther in­for­ma­tion un­til a de­ci­sion was made by coun­cil­lors.

How­ever, Teix­eira did con­firm that deputy mayor Wayne Bishop was not in­volved with the as­so­ci­a­tion.

July’s re­port, writ­ten by coun­cil cus­tomer and de­vel­op­ment en­abler Melissa Han­son, said the sec­tion was op­po­site a vine­yard and had views of the Tararua Ranges, which would pro­vide a peace­ful and re­flec­tive open space for the public.

The near­est recre­ational do­main is ad­ja­cent to State High­way 1, about a 10-minute walk from Pinot Cres, Han­son said.

On­go­ing costs of the $1 land were $1750 per year, she said.

‘‘Should [the] coun­cil agree to the trans­fer the site it will be main­tained un­der the ex­ist­ing grounds main­te­nance con­tract.’’

Bishop Vine­yard Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion was re­spon­si­ble for le­gal costs and the cost of sup­ply­ing a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque, Han­son said.

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