Further consultation before decision made on Foxton Cenotaph
Friday 30 September 2016
Further consultation before decision made on Foxton Cenotaph area design
Further consultation between Horowhenua District Council, iwi and other stakeholders including the RSA, businesses and community members will be held over the next few weeks before a decision is made about the relocation of the Foxton Cenotaph and final design of the area.
The agreement to further consult was reached following a meeting between the Council and iwi in Foxton on Monday.
Council Chief Executive David Clapperton is committed to achieving a positive resolution following last week’s peaceful community action at the Foxton Cenotaph. This included a petition with 1,000 signatures from iwi, RSA and community members opposed to moving the Cenotaph.
“Following Monday’s meeting we acknowledge that Council needs to consult more broadly and apologise that we didn’t achieve this,” Mr Clapperton said.
Iwi spokesman Robert Ketu is pleased that Council has agreed to continue consultation on the location of the Foxton Cenotaph and the design of the area, which has significant ancestral history for Maori and members of the RSA and community.
The overall aim of the Foxton Main Street upgrade is to improve the safety, quality and ambience of the town centre.