Timaru council blocking me, hydroslide owner claims

JACK MONTGOMERIE
Last updated 07:50 23/08/2014

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Picton property developer Terry Brown says the Timaru District Council has refused to negotiate with him and threatened his contractors with trespass.

The Century Pool hydroslide owner bought the defunct pool's slide, pump and stairs in a $10,000 handshake deal last year. Brown claims the council prevented his contractors from removing the pump and stairs, and the delays had caused him to lose money on his planned Picton water park, as well as damaging his reputation as a developer.

He wanted to return the slide to its Anzac Square home.

His lawyer, Michael Starling, had sent a letter to the council saying Brown intended to sue it for damages.

Brown said a letter from council lawyers a week ago argued his $2 million claim could not be justified, in part because he could have bought another pump and set of stairs while the others were unavailable.

He said the letter also threatened him or anyone employed by him with trespass if they tried to return the slide to its original site.

Brown insisted the council's refusal to negotiate a settlement did not indicate his legal case was weak.

For now, the slide remains at local firm Aeromarine's Washdyke yard, where it was redesigned for use in Picton.

Operations manager Simon Robb was unable to respond yesterday, but Brown said the firm gave him two weeks to remove the slide.

Council group manager of corporate services Tina Rogers said it had not received Brown's latest legal letter, and refused to comment further.

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