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Local voices win in stadium debate

Local voices win in stadium debate

National Party Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop today voiced his support for the Hutt City Council's decision not to proceed with the Petone Arena.

The Hutt City Council today decided against inserting into its Annual Plan a proposed new stadium for the Wellington Phoenix football team on the site of the current Petone Recreation Ground.

“This is the best outcome for ratepayers and the best outcome for the current users of the Petone Rec,” says Mr Bishop.

"While the prospect of a purpose-built 12,000 seater soccer stadium had superficial appeal, it quickly became apparent the costs on ratepayers and local sport players was far too great.

"Many of the locals I've been speaking to raised concerns about the impact on existing facilities and increasing the Council's debt. $25 million is a significant sum of money for Lower Hutt ratepayers.

"The fact that three-quarters of local residents polled were against the proposal is telling."

"Many submitters to the Annual Plan suggested protecting the Petone Rec against potential development that would destroy its current purpose. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Council progresses these ideas.”

ENDS

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