An appeal from hundreds of people will see Clutha District Council include the sealing of the Cross Recreation Centre car park in its annual plan.
The $200,000 proposal to seal the car park and access road attracted 152 submissions and petitions with more than 450 signatories in support.
During public submissions, rec centre manager Penny Batchelor labelled the state of the car park and access road a constant source of frustration and embarrassment.
"The potholes, the mud, or the dust, depending on the time of year, is constant," she said.
About 50,000 people used the rec centre each year, not including spectators.
Those in favour of sealing included netballers, gymnasts, runners and hockey players.
At the latest meeting, councillors agreed to include a budget of $140,000 in the 2014-15 annual plan for sealing the loop road, through road, loading area and car park.
Another $60,000 would be included in the 2017-18 year for a second coat of seal.
Cr John Cochrane fully supported sealing the area and told the meeting that local business Blackhead Quarries had taken it on themselves to maintain it in the meantime because the earliest it could be sealed was spring.
"I'd like the council to note the fantastic job they've done, with no cost at all back to this council."
The work had helped mend the potholes although the long-term fix was still to seal the car park, he said.
- The Southland Times
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