Tararu Arts Centre Impasse
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 4:11PM
Bill Barclay

For those who are interested, here is an exchange today with TCDC Comms. Manager Laurna White:

"The situation at the Arts Centre appears to have deteriorated into a ‘Mexican stand-off’ with the Council not seen a good light.

The occupants are busily dismantling,  and seemingly rebuilding at their own pace, apparently in total dis-regard for the Court order – whatever it was!

Residents of Tararu are becoming totally frustrated as they see what appears to be defiance of the law, and the Council.

Can you provide an up to date version of events from the perspective of the Council, and an indication of what exactly is planned to deal with the situation."

And Laurna's response:

"The occupants have disregarded the court order requiring them to remove all illegal structures for the property, despite Council discussing the requirements of the Building Act 2004 and the order of the Court on a number of occasions..

That means we have had to go back to court for another order to allow us now to go and dismantle the illegal structures.

We applied to the court for this new order before Christmas, and it is only now being heard by a High court judge this week, so we are awaiting the outcome of this.

We need to follow the correct court process. We are aware of frustrations from the community and we are liaising with affected parties, as well as keeping the Thames Community board informed of the situation so they can work with the community."

I am also awaiting another response on the Dry Court debacle - subject to a "Grand Opening" on the 16th. Information about costs and where they will lie is particularly difficult to access, and I am not sure why. I am also about to seek access to the minutes of Mary Hamilton's Committee that has been responsible for overseeing the project. That should be interesting, as long as they are subject to the OIA, and I fail to see why not. 

We are indeed fortunate to have Laurna as Comms. Manager - she is absolutely 'up-front' in her responses, as far as she is legally able, and for that I am grateful.




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