Council gives dog park the nod
Waimate is to get a dog park, but not everyone is happy.
There was some heated discussion as several options were tabled at a Waimate District Council meeting on Tuesday.
Waimate district councillors, excluding Miriam Morton, voted in favour of asset group manager Dan Mitchell’s recommendation to approve the use of a section of Knottingley Park, known as Murrayfield, for the purpose of a dog park with $18,900 funded through a subdivision reserve fund and operational and maintenance costs retained to inform future budgeting activities.
Mayor Craig Rowley asked that another recommendation be added, calling for backers of the dog park and volunteer group Friends of Knottingley Park to meet and further discuss the finer details of how the development would proceed.
Rowley’s request followed presentations by Friends of Knottingley Park chairman Robert Godfrey and dog park backer Janelle Bilcliffe. Godfrey said the group of about 45 volunteers was surprised it had not been given more notice of the proposal.
‘‘We are puzzled basically, it just seems so un-Waimate-ish. Godfrey had about seven supporters with him at the meeting.
‘‘What i am asking for is for you to give serious consideration to at least postponing this decision,’’ he said. ‘‘One option would be a more central location where old people can walk to because at the moment you can only get to Murrayfield by car.’’
Bilcliffe, who presented a dog park proposal to councillors at the October meeting, said she supported the Murrayfield option.
Speaking to the meeting, Bilcliffe said; ‘‘I’m delighted Knottingley Park has been considered and for $18,000, I think the council has been greatly frugal.’’
Morton, who voted against the proposal said; ‘‘I think if we put fences up then we designate it solely for dogs’’. ‘‘I have great concerns about Murrayfield because if we restate its use then we are going to affect users.’’
Julie Potatau said her children Quinn and Jade had been brave in living with diabetes.