The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

Cor­re­spon­dent Tim Brown [Con­ver­sa­tions, Septem­ber 28] writes to praise progress to­wards the high ropes course on the Rail­way Land.

Brown states that he has been in Palmer­ston North for 51 years so surely he will have read of the vast pub­lic op­po­si­tion to the grad­ual loss of what re­mained of the Rail­way Land.

This op­po­si­tion in­cluded an over 11,000 sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion re­quest­ing that the Rail­way Land be pro­tected as an open space, by be­ing re­zoned ‘Recre­ation’ and gazetted as a Re­serve un­der the Re­serves Act 1977.

This pro­tec­tion was fi­nally achieved af­ter half of the land was sold to The Ware­house Ltd and a skate park was con­structed on the re­main­ing sec­tion. Un­der the Dis­trict Plan the Recre­ation Zone im­poses lim­its on per­mit­ted uses of the land in re­gard to area and height. The high ropes course vi­o­lates all the per­mit­ted uses, so the next stage of ob­tain­ing a re­source con­sent is re­quired to be pub­licly no­ti­fied.

The ap­pli­cants for the li­cence to op­er­ate the high ropes course, Tek­ton Ltd, are de­ter­minedly say­ing that the course must go on the Rail­way Land or the pro­posal will not pro­ceed. No one ap­pears to be op­posed to the course it­self, just not on the Rail­way Land. The coun­cil is be­ing held to ran­som. Enough is enough!

Mar­i­lyn Bul­loch, Palmer­ston North

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