Media release: LTP amendment hearing

28 September 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Museum function returning to Council

Members of the local community took the opportunity to have their say about the proposed amendment to the Long Term Plan 2018 – 28 at the submission hearing held in the Council Chambers today, Monday 28 September 2020. Council heard from four submitters who were strongly opposed to the purchase 41 Weld Street, due to concerns about the cost to ratepayers and the unknown costs from Council’s due diligence.

Following in-committee deliberations, where Council considered and discussed the submissions received, Council resolved to return the management of the Museum activity to Council. A Building Assessment and Earthquake Assessment for the building were also considered. Council continues to do due diligence on the building.

Mayor Bruce Smith said, “Council is bringing the Museum activity back to where it should be. We recognise that Council is the best place for it to be managed from. We’ll be able to focus on the long-term operation of the activity and provide the Westland community with improved service.”

ENDS

Media enquiries to:

Emma Rae, Strategy and Communications Advisor

Emma.rae@westlanddc.govt.nz

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