Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Although I had some crit­i­cisms when Mr Cooper was mayor of a sim­i­lar scheme he sup­ported for Taupo¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil to build on Ton­gariro North Do­main I can see pos­si­bil­i­ties in rent­ing coun­cil space in a new build­ing in Horo­matangi St ( Taupo¯ & Tu¯rangi Week­ender, De­cem­ber 13). Re­cently there has been com­ment about amal­ga­mat­ing Waikato coun­cils which would ob­vi­ously lead to a down­size, so a rental op­tion would of­fer flex­i­bil­ity. I be­lieve a build­ing at County Ave us­ing pro­ceeds al­ready ded­i­cated from the sale of 72 Lake Tce, and the two sec­tions in Ri­fle Range Rd has merit as well. The car park­ing prob­lems in town are bound to get worse, mak­ing re­tail de­vel­op­ment near Mitre 10 and the East Ur­ban Lands at­trac­tive.

The one good thing that coun­cil has gen­er­ated is dis­cus­sion that if they are sen­si­ble they will take no­tice. The op­tion B coun­cil favours against the pub­lic’s ma­jor­ity opin­ion looks to have big prob­lems.

It ap­pears mu­seum de­mo­li­tion will only pro­vide the space the cur­rent build­ing oc­cu­pies as a slightly lower spec­i­fi­ca­tion re­serve, but is sur­rounded by de­fined recre­ational re­serve that is in­vi­o­late. A sort of Mer­chant of Venice sit­u­a­tion where if coun­cil wants its pound of flesh it must not take an ounce of blood rep­re­sented by un­avail­able Crown recre­ational re­serve!

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