Ratepayers to get say over boatshed proposal

HELEN MURDOCH
Last updated 13:00 06/12/2013

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A proposed deal allowing those who contributed $50,000 each towards securing the Baigent Reserve on the Kina Peninsula for public use to build boatsheds there is to go to ratepayers.

The five groups of contributors include Kevin and Julia Armstrong, B and S Miller trustees of Shelley Miller, Nigel McFadden and Geoff Milnes, the Woodlands Family Trust of William Luff and Ross McKechnie, David and Maryann Easton and Brian Rhoades.

The purchase of the 10.7 hectare reserve occurred in September when $745,500, made up of $413,000 from 140 families in the Tasman community and $332,500 contributed from Tasman District Council, was paid to Carter Holt Harvey for the land.

CHH had attempted to subdivide the land, but its application failed on the grounds the land would be subject to inundation.

Councillors yesterday agreed to authorise staff to start the public consultation and decision making process around whether leases should be granted.

In his report to the council, senior property officer Robert Cant said the contributors were mindful of the public consultation process and unlikely to press for sites which would breach planning rules. He said promoting the private use of land in council ownership had its risks, but had to be balanced against the advantages of being able to buy the land in the first place.

The proposal was likely to be of great interest to the local community given the popularity of the site and the public interest in buying the land for a park and recreational use.

The council was bound to initiate the process under the funding assistance agreement signed between the council and the parties.

But the council is not bound to grant the leases for the boat sheds and is not required to refund the contributors' money should ratepayers decide they leases should not be granted.

Under the terms of the funding agreement the council will grant the leases for 35 years, less one day, for $1 a year, if requested.

Leaseholders will be granted up to 100sqm each to build a boatshed no greater than 55sqm plus have a sealed yard and water storage area.

There will be no right of renewal for the lease but the lessees can enter discussion with the council over a new lease when the current lease expires.

Lessees will have to pay rates, not be allowed to sub-lease the land or restrict or interfere with public access.

The council will not protect the land from erosion or inundation.

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- The Nelson Mail

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