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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 2:13PM
Bill Barclay

A presser this am announced that the Lottery Significant Project Fund application came through with a $1m grant. This is less that was applied for, and no mention is made as toi whether the balance may come through later, or whether another application will need to be made. It was originally $1.8m, so the shortfall is quite significant, but probably not such as to prevent the work from getting under way. 

But first, the imbroglio with the Hahei Residents & Ratepayers Association will need to be resolved, and there is no sign that this outcome will be achieved in the immediate future. In fact, quite to the contrary in the light of the information that has been passed to me regarding a build-up of real antagonism in the community that may not be able to be resolved through the Stakeholder Working Group. In fact, it would appear that there will need to be a substantial back-down, and less arrogance all round if there is to be any 'meeting of the minds' with the R & R. 

I hope that this can be achieved, because the revised plan certainly appeared to have merit, but there is no doubt that the parking problems remain an almost insurmountable hurdle unless some considerable concessions are made to assuage local feelings.




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