Sports hub talks hit snag after lawyer letter

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Last updated 08:38 18/07/2014
$107 million sports hub at Nga Puna Wai reserve

AMBITIOUS PLANS: A $107m sports hub at Nga Puna Wai reserve is proposed.

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A letter from the Canterbury A&P Association's lawyers has prompted the Christchurch City Council to defer a decision on whether to push ahead with a proposed multimillion-dollar sports hub.

Council staff have been investigating developing a sports hub on Nga Puna Wai reserve, next to the Canterbury Agricultural Park, to house new facilities for athletics, hockey and tennis.

Councillors were due to consider a report yesterday which recommended they begin consulting the public on plans for the hub, which could cost as much as $107 million to develop, but Mayor Lianne Dalziel deferred consideration of the report for two weeks.

She said the council had received a letter from the Canterbury A&P Association's lawyers which raised issues that needed to be addressed before the council proceeded.

Nga Puna Wai was selected as the preferred site for the hub because it provided more than 30 hectares of useable space near the central city and was already owned by the council, but the Canterbury A&P Association is strongly opposed to development because of implications for its own operations.

The association believes alternative locations have not been properly considered, and council officers have had a pre-determined view on Nga Puna Wai.

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- The Press

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