Hydroslide concept out for public's view
ANNA WILLIAMS AND CATHIE BELL
Marlborough people get to have their say on a proposed Picton hydroslide in the council's new draft management plan for the Picton Foreshore.
The plan is to go out for two months of public consultation after being signed off by the full council at its meeting on September 19.
Council reserves planner Elisha Oldridge told the council's assets and services committee meeting yesterday a hydroslide would be an allowable activity on the foreshore.
"The proposal is to run the hydroslide as a commercial operation and would therefore be treated as a commercial lease. There are still issues to be worked through with the proposal such as location, water supply and discharge. Resource consent and building consent will also be required."
Including the hydroslide proposal in the draft foreshore plan was the best way to gauge public support for the venture, councillors said.
People could make a submission on the plan, including the hydroslide, and there would be an opportunity for them to speak to a council hearing on the plan. Marlborough Sounds ward councillors Trevor Hook and David Oddie urged Picton people to get involved. "This is the time to have their say on what they want for the future."
Picton man Terry Brown bought the 79-metre fibreglass slide from the Timaru District Council earlier this month.
Timaru-based aquatic facility design, manufacture and engineer company WaterPark NZ Ltd supplied the Marlborough District Council with a conceptual drawing of the hydroslide this week.
WaterPark NZ Ltd manager Simon Robb said in the accompanying letter to the council a water catchment tank would capture the rain water taken from the access tower roof. The tank would also need to be hooked into the town water supply.
Water would be pumped from an 8000 litre balance tank through the slide. Picton's water supply would only be used to top up and replace water lost from the tank.
An estimated 1500 litres of water a day would be used during peak times.
The tank could be topped up at night, however if the water usage was an issue, a recapture system could be engineered to conserve water that was splashed out and return it to the tank. The plans were very conceptual at this stage and involved guess work, he said.
Mr Brown said it would take another eight weeks to construct the slide once it was approved.
"If we don't have any people knocking it down in the public consultation, it will be up and running in another eight weeks, just in time for summer," he said.
The slide, which started at the top of an 8.7m-high tower, was used at Timaru's Century Pool for 15 years and cost $275,000 when it opened in 1998.
Mr Brown's family trust paid $10,000 for the 79-metre fibreglass water slide, pump, and pool, and a further $10,000 bond for its safe removal. He had budgeted $200,000 for the project.
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