Hydroslide not for Picton foreshore

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Last updated 07:17 29/11/2013
century pool hydroslide
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BEFORE AND AFTER: The former site of the Century Pool hydroslide, which is now dismantled and headed for a new location in Picton.

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A spot on the Picton foreshore for the hydroslide that once graced Timaru's Century Pool has been rejected.

However, Marlborough District Council staff have been told to find a better place for the attraction in Picton.

The council's assets and services committee this week declined a proposal from businessman Terry Brown for a commercial lease to erect the hydroslide on the Picton foreshore.

Committee chairman Terry Sloan said the decision was unanimous among councillors that the foreshore was not the right place.

Instead, they asked staff to work with Mr Brown to find an alternative location in the town.

Council reserves and amenities manager Rosie Bartlett told the committee there was a significant visual amenity impact from a structure that was 8.8 metres high.

The footprint for the slide was 20m by 12m but extra space was also required for fencing, heating and pumps.

She suggested other sites could be considered.

The structure was too large for Shelley Beach and the Waikawa Bay reserve.

Picton councillor David Oddie said the hydroslide was inappropriate for the foreshore but it was important that Mr Brown was advised which options would likely succeed in getting through the resource consent process.

Councillors agreed that council staff should work with Mr Brown to investigate other sites.

Earlier, in submissions to the wider draft Picton Foreshore Management Plan, 67 people had expressed opposition to locating the hydroslide on the foreshore, with 46 in support, and another 26 in favour of finding another site for it in Picton.

Mr Brown said last week he intended to attend the meeting, but he was not there.

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- The Timaru Herald

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