Plan re­view for re­serves

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The Thames-coro­man­del Dis­trict Coun­cil is re­view­ing its Re­serve Man­age­ment Plans.

Coun­cil says re­serves are much-loved fea­tures of the dis­trict and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­cre­ation, as well as a gen­eral sense of open space where peo­ple can en­joy the sim­ple things such as a pic­nic with fam­ily and friends.

It ac­knowl­edged many of the re­serve man­age­ment plans were over 10 years old and it be­lieves the com­mu­ni­ties’ needs and ex­pec­ta­tions of re­serves have changed over this time.

Con­sul­ta­tion closes at 4pm Fri­day Jan­uary 18 for the draft Gen­eral Poli­cies Doc­u­ment and the RMP for the Coro­man­del-colville Ward.

RMPS are a le­gal re­quire­ment un­der the Re­serves Act 1977 and the coun­cil was re­quired to pre­pare RMPS for all re­serves, ex­cept lo­cal pur­pose re­serves.

Some of the things the coun­cil was look­ing at in­clude:

■ Adding pol­icy pro­hibit­ing scat­ter­ing of ashes and burial of pla­centa on re­serves with­out writ­ten ap­proval from Coun­cil. Scat­ter­ing of ashes from cre­ma­tion and burial of pla­centa are deeply sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ences for fam­ily and friends. How­ever, it can be a con­cern for peo­ple us­ing or work­ing on a re­serve to re­alise they may have in­ad­ver­tently dis­turbed such re­mains.

■ Re­draft­ing the pol­icy on gift­ing of land and com­mem­o­ra­tive fea­tures to en­able place­ment of pub­lic art in re­serves where this is con­sis­tent with the re­serve val­ues, it is not cost pro­hib­i­tive to in­stall or main­tain and it aligns with the arts strat­egy.

■ En­sur­ing pol­icy in the Gen­eral Poli­cies Re­serve Man­age­ment Plan, in­clud­ing on free­dom camp­ing, dogs, nat­u­ral haz­ards and the use of drones, is con­sis­tent with other coun­cil pol­icy, plans and by­laws.

■You can read the full draft plan and pro­vide your feed­back on the Gen­eral Poli­cies at

■ The coun­cil will be hold­ing a se­ries of pub­lic ses­sions for di­rect feed­back. Keep an eye out on its Face­book page and web­site or sign up to its events news­let­ter­scribe

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