Castlecliff market article "not entirely accurate" - 12/01/2006Wanganui District Council has at no stage reached a decision on a resource consent application to site a market on Castlecliff Domain.
An article in the Wanganui Chronicle (January 12) was "not entirely accurate", Community Development Committee Chair Nicki Higgie said today.
"Mr Blair's letter to Council suggested that the market could be a regular occurrence, rather than a one-off event," Cr Higgie said.
"Mr Blair was informed that a regular market did not appear consistent with the objective and policies of the Castlecliff Coastal Reserve Management Plan. After talking with Council staff, I informed him on Monday this week that if it was an application for a one-off market in association with the skate park opening, it may receive a more favourable response and could be processed overnight. A regular market on the Domain requires more thorough consideration of resource management issues. The Council must safeguard amenities that it manages on behalf of the whole community."
In February Cr Higgie's Community Development Committee will consider how the Council can develop further its culture of working with the community.
"We need to look at how we can work with people and organisations in the community as issues arise and help them to achieve their aims within legislative and other constraints," Cr Higgie said.
"In my opinion the Council works for the community and should look after community interests as any good business would look after its clients. We need to make sure that happens every time.
"I understand that Mr Blair has chosen to run his market on Sunday, January 29, at the usual venue adjacent to the Castlecliff Town Hall."