Dumping campers on ‘toxic’ old site ‘not safe’
A ‘‘toxic proposal’’ to turn a former dump site into Takaka’s new freedom camping spot has shocked some Golden Bay residents.
Tasman District Council’s proposed amendments to its freedom camping bylaw would allow up to 60 vehicles to stay in the former landfill, along the estuary on Rototai Rd, five kilometres from the township.
Two other controversial sites at Waitapu Bridge and Taupata Point may also come off visitors’ itineraries this summer, with plans to drop them from the bylaw.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is taking over control of the Waitapu Bridge site and will manage it jointly with Manawhenua ki Mohua.
A lack of available council land has meant the former Rototai tip site has been suggested as a freedom camping spot again. A similar proposal in 2017 was opposed by some members of the community.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 19 October 2020)
Retirement village to open in 2021
After six years of work and moving 600,000 cubic metres of soil, a new retirement village is set to open in Nelson early next year.
The Coastal View Lifestyle Village, located in the Tahunanui Hills, will be opening its doors in February/March 2020 – with the completion of its first 11 houses and a 60-bed rest home/hospital.
This will be followed by around 35 houses a year, 30 apartments, a 20-unit specialised dementia unit, together with a yacht club that will have a wellness centre, a gym, indoor swimming pool, spa, library, bakery, cafe, restaurant and hairdressing salon.
For the Christchurch-based Qestral Group, the $190 million development is the first retirement village it has built in Nelson.
Executive chairman John Ryder said they had chosen the site for its ocean views, as well as its accessibility to Nelson Hospital, the city and the beach.
(Nelson Mail, Monday 19 October 2020)
Stoke Hall to remain closed
Nelson City Council has been unsuccessful in its application for funding to repair the Stoke Memorial Hall. "Council has applied to the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for funding to undertake earthquake strengthening, but unfortunately the application was not successful," says Roger Ball, group manager community services.
However, in August council agreed that if the PGF application was unsuccessful, it would still proceed with the design work for the project, with physical works timing to be confirmed through the Long-Term Plan 2021-31.
"The hall will remain closed until this work can be carried out." He says a report is expected to be presented to the community services committee early next year regarding other improvements that could be made to the hall at the same time as the strengthening work is carried out, such as insulation, hearing and acoustic treatments.
(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 21 October 2020)
Fire damages ‘iconic’ Takaka shop
A fire has damaged a shop in Takaka’s main street.
The building, housing Bird’s Gift Emporium on Commercial St, was well alight around 4pm on Monday. The road was closed while firefighters from the Takaka Volunteer Fire Brigade worked to control the blaze.
The building’s owner, Cheryl Elsey, was working in her food and coffee cart on Junction St when she saw billowing smoke and called 111. The emporium was closed and there was no-one working there at the time, she said.
She had no idea how the fire started. ‘‘It’s very sad, an iconic Takaka building destroyed.’’
Crews from the Collingwood and Upper Moutere volunteer fire brigades were also called to the blaze.
(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 21 October 2020)
Zone plan lifts house prices
Parents fear that ‘‘skyrocketing’’ house prices will leave them locked them out of the proposed zone of the only co-educational high school in Nelson City.
An enrolment zone is due to be implemented at Nayland College in Stoke some time next year, at the request of the Ministry of Education, as the school nears its 1330-student capacity.
Consultation is under way on the enrolment boundaries, and factors like whether the sibling of a student already at the school would be exempted from zoning.
(Nelson Mail, Friday 23 October 2020)
Council braces for estimated $2.2m bill to meet new rules
More than $2 million of extra costs are forecast for the Nelson City Council to meet new Government environmental requirements.
A draft Environmental Management Activity Management Plan presented to the council’s environment committee on Thursday forecast an estimated $2.2m budget increase over the next three years.
The projected increase was largely driven by costs associated with the Government’s National Policy Statements, including that covering freshwater.
(Nelson Mail, Saturday 24 October 2020)