Museum planners work on compromise

The Picton Historical Society will not appeal the decision rejecting its plans to extend Picton Museum, and will instead work towards a compromise with the council, Picton Museum extension liaison spokesman Bill Brehaut says.

The society decided not to appeal the decision to the Environment Court at a committee meeting on Thursday.

Marlborough District Council independent commissioner Richard Fowler refused the society's resource consent application to extend the museum on council foreshore reserve land in October.

The $1 million extension was for a whaling, maritime and heritage display, including the replica whaling boat Swiftsure, built by whaling family descendent Ron Perano. The replica was rowed down the River Thames in Britain this year as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Dr Brehaut said the committee had voted against an appeal because of the expense. "The society considers that, as a charitable entity, it was not prudent to pursue an appeal without certain success."

It would look at further options such as seeking a compromise with the council on the "balance of value" between the effects of the extension versus keeping the land as a public space. The commissioner's refusal was largely based on the fact the extension would take up recreational space used by the public.

The Marlborough Express