School benefactor ‘crushed’
A woman who gifted a building to a school says its decision to sell it – with no plan for the proceeds she estimated at more than $1 million – is ‘‘a betrayal of the spirit of the gift’’.
Judith Lenart bought and gave ‘‘Bronte House’’ to Nelson College of Girls 20 years ago, converting the century-old house so the school could use it for an educational programme.
The building, most recently used for learning support, was now listed on the market as ‘‘an outstanding opportunity’’ to purchase in Nelson’s sought-after dress circle. Lenart said she became aware of the possibility the school would sell the building, in Bronte St next to the college, about a year ago.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 7 June 2021)
Artificial turf proposal on backburner
Plans for a new artificial turf facility in Nelson are on the backburner, following a review of Nelson’s sports grounds that advised against a new facility.
For years football clubs in Nelson have been posing the idea of an artificial turf, which they say would provide a much-needed all-weather venue for weekday training and weekend competition.
In 2020, the Tasman Rugby Union also expressed an interest in the concept, given their own playing surface shortages – particularly with a lack of a top-quality training surface for the Tasman Mako.
Community and recreation committee chairman councillor Tim Skinner said that while the council had not abandoned the prospect, the decisions made in the Long Term Plan (LTP) favoured other options to improve access to training fields.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 7 June 2021)
Electronics giant’s premises up for sale
One of Nelson’s most prominent CBD retail premises, fully leased to Noel Leeming and a popular commercial gym, has been put up for sale.
The large, modern two-level premises for sale enjoys wide street frontage at 68-80 Bridge Street, with additional access for customers and delivery from a large Nelson City Council carpark at the rear.
(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 9 June 2021)
Brook Valley residents handed deadline
Long-term residents of the Brook Valley Holiday Park have up to a year to comply with new regulations if they want to stay, as the council begins the consenting process to turn it into a ‘‘Relocatable Home Park’’.
The council announced yesterday that the campground accommodations will need to comply with the Nelson Resource Management Plan, the Building Act and the Camping Ground Regulations by April next year.
Residents living in ‘‘tents and teepees’’ have one year to find another home unit if they want to keep living in the campground, as from then on people with tents and teepees will be allowed a maximum 50-day stay. This is because tents do not meet Camping Grounds Regulations for long-term occupancy.
(Nelson Mail, Friday 11 June 2021)
No peace in the valley as subdivision argument rages
For the past year, a proposal to turn a section of the lower Maitai Valley into a 500-plus housing subdivision has been a contentious one for Nelson.
The issue came to the public’s attention in June 2020, when Nelson City Council made an application for $25 million from central government to upgrade infrastructure near a potential new subdivision in the Maitai Valley.
The development would be located on what is currently a 287ha rural site in the Kaka Valley, stretching over the hills into Atawhai.
A syndicate of two companies is behind the venture, known as the Maitahi-Bayview development – Maitai Development Co General Partner Ltd and Bayview Nelson Ltd.
(Nelson Mail, Saturday 12 June 2021)