Council in bid to revoke land status
The Invercargill City Council will apply to the Minister of Conservation to revoke the reserve status of two Sandy Point Domain sites.
If the revocation is granted, it will allow the council to sell the reserve land, which is leased to the Beach Road Holiday Park and the Cabbage Tree Restaurant businesses.
The council voted to start the revocation process at an extraordinary infrastructure and services committee meeting on Thursday, after turning down a similar request in March.
Invercargill City Council Parks manager Robin Pagan said the business owners had approached the council about buying the sites, as they claimed it was difficult for them to remain viable while operating on leased land.
The council received 78 submissions on the proposal, 20 in support of the revocation and 58 against.
Most submitters against the proposal were concerned the revocation, if granted, would set a precedent for other reserve land to enter private ownership.
However, those supporting the move said the businesses were valuable assets to the community and should be given the opportunity to freehold.
Beach Road Holiday Park owner Gerard Oudhoff said he was happy with the result and would be waiting to see how things progressed.
Also discussed at the infrastructure and services committee meeting were plans to upgrade the inner-city electricity supply and the southern segment of Queens Drive.
Roading manager Russell Pearson said the council and PowerNet had been working to progress plans to run a 33kV cable from Findlay Rd, via Racecourse Rd, Yarrow St and Doon St, to the new substation in Spey St.
Queens Dr traffic was likely to be diverted to Doon St while the section between Tay and Gala streets was upgraded, allowing the project to be completed much sooner than planned, he said. Work on both projects was expected to start in four to six weeks.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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