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