Council reaching out to developers

City Hotel in High St, Blenheim
City Hotel in High St, Blenheim

Council is positive there will be some private investor-funded development in Blenheim's Wynen St carpark site soon, Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman says.

The beautification of central Blenheim was a key issue for the 30 retailers, business people and councillors at a key CBD retailers meeting last week.

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce board member and pcMedia owner Lee Harper would like to see some development around the carpark at 2 High St.

"Everything stops at the Forum. High St should blend in with the centre of town and flow towards the river, but it's all scruffy down that end of town," he said.

Mr Sowman said a number of investors had shown interest in sites in Blenheim including 2 High St, the Wynen St carpark and the city hotel.

However, they wanted to hire an expert to liaise between developers and council to ensure the end result was aligned with the visions of both parties, he said.

"The council wants to hire an independent person to work with private developers and integrate their plans with what we want for the town as a council," he said.

"Council is positive we will see some development in town with private money in the near future," he said.

The Speights Ale House had been the sole developers to respond to previous advertisements from the council requesting interest in 2 High St.

However, the council turned down the development after strong opposition from the Blenheim community.

Blenheim developer John Derry received approval to develop the Speight's Ale House in Middle Renwick Rd Springlands last year.

The Marlborough Express