No call has been made on baches

The Press - - Opinion -

Colum­nist Johnny Moore wrote yes­ter­day of his love for the baches at Tay­lors Mis­take, Boul­der Bay and Hob­sons Bay – a sen­ti­ment shared by many Christchurch res­i­dents, but not all.

He states that the coun­cil is ‘‘seek­ing to de­mol­ish’’ the baches. I’d like to clar­ify that the coun­cil has made no de­ci­sion and cer­tainly has not de­cided to de­mol­ish them.

We have been in talks with the bach own­ers through­out 2018 and now need to ex­tend the con­ver­sa­tion to the wider Christchurch com­mu­nity. We have drop-in ses­sions in Sum­ner to­mor­row morn­ing and in Wool­ston on Mon­day (Oct 15) evening and hope peo­ple will come and share their views with us. The pref­er­ences ex­pressed will help us come up with op­tions to con­sult on next month.

The feed­back we re­ceive dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion, in­clud­ing pub­lic sub­mis­sions, will help the work­ing party form a rec­om­men­da­tion for the coun­cil to con­sider early next year.

This process has al­lowed us to make a fresh start and the de­ci­sion the coun­cil comes to will give the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially the bach own­ers, much-needed cer­tainty. Coun­cil­lor Sara Tem­ple­ton Chair­per­son, Tay­lors Mis­take Baches Work­ing Party Christchurch City Coun­cil main frontage. This is a no­brainer.

For the res­i­dent/non­res­i­dent of the city vis­it­ing the cen­tral area of town, they should be able to in­stantly recog­nise the use of a build­ing.

Dual sig­nage should be manda­tory if we are pur­su­ing both the Ma¯ ori and English ver­sions of a site.

Claire Minty, Hoon Hay

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