Church land may become part of Havelock North Domain
Date: March 17th 2014
Church land may become part of Havelock
A parcel of land, currently owned by St Columba’s Presbyterian Church could become part of an extension to the Havelock North Domain.
Councillor Wayne Bradshaw says” During discussion with Council officers on the Havelock North Domain Reserve Management plan, an opportunity was identified that had the potential to further integrate the church and the domain into the surrounding area. A proposal was developed to purchase a 1724m2 parcel of land, located adjacent to the domain, following the demolition of the church hall.”
Wayne Bradshaw says “Once the opportunity to purchase the land was identified, it was a matter of talking with the church in an effort to find some common ground where both parties objectives could be met. From Council’s perspective, it was imperative that the land was maintained in public ownership and it offered a chance to improve the connectivity between the domain and the village centre. This would be a very big step in future proofing this area as a public space.”
Mr Bradshaw says “This is an exciting development that has the potential to provide improved recreational opportunities for the community and ticks all the boxes. New parking will be created as part of this project and that could become a valuable addition for shoppers and churchgoers alike.”
“This proposal has developed from a strong partnership between Council, the Church and the community and would ensure that the land is protected for public use in perpetuity,” Wayne Bradshaw says.
The Council’s proposal to purchase of the land will be consulted through the 2014/15 annual plan process. You are invited to have your say by placing a submission to the annual plan at www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz