Dog park turned down, but yes for kids' fence

EVAN HARDING
Last updated 05:00 18/06/2014

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The Gore District Council has rejected a proposal to build a dog park in the town.

In other decisions, councillors have agreed to build a fence around a portion of a popular Gore playground, but rejected a request from the Southern District Health Board to consider fluoridating the district water supply.

Councillors met last night to consider public submissions to its draft annual plan, with the proposed Hamilton Park dog park and Eccles St playground fence top of the list.

The $23,500 dog park had received mainly negative feedback from public submissions. Councillors rejected the proposal last night due to the costs and lack of public support.

The council, however, agreed to build a $13,000 fence around a portion of the Eccles St Playground, saying the safety of kids playing in the area was paramount.

"I would sooner see the children fenced in and the dogs run over than the dogs fenced in and the children run over," Cr Peter Grant said.

The decision was sure to please the Gore Parents Centre, which before last night's meeting gathered 168 signatures from people wanting the fence built.

Gore Parents Centre publicity officer Bernadette Hunt, before the council meeting, said the playground was "an accident waiting to happen", particularly because parked cars on the main road blocked the view of motorists if kids ran towards the road.

Councillors were unanimous in rejecting fluoridating the town's water supply, questioning the health effects and saying people should have choice.

After adjustments were made to the council's spending the final rates increase rose to 4.1 per cent.

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