Questions flooding in

Public question time was extended at the August council meeting so they could be addressed.

Concerns included rezoning of Sir James Mitchell Park, selling or leasing land on the foreshore and future community consultation.

As well as answering the questions, Mayor Sue Doherty and acting director of infrastructure services Mark Taylor read out statements about the main concerns within the community.

The project is at stage 3, where draft documents have been endorsed and advertised for public comment.

An officers’ report on the submissions is expected in November when councillors could consider going ahead with stage 4.

In her statement at the meeting, Cr Doherty said a public debate on the consultation process had ‘erroneously’ generated some fear that the City might consider selling some or all of its landholdings along the foreshore, or leasing for a period of 99 years.

‘The City has publicly stated that it has no intention of selling land along the foreshore and that statement stands,’ she said.

‘We do not intend to sell land along the foreshore, nor will we enter into 99-year lease agreements for any part of it.’