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18 August 2017

Reserve status transfer proposed

Public consultation opens this weekend on a proposal to have recreation reserve status transferred from a block of land in Gore’s commercial area to the town’s sports and recreation hub.

The existing reserve land is Hyde Park, long standing home to the Gore Wanderers Football Club. The 3.6 hectare park is bounded on two sides by Gore’s heavy traffic bypass and is surrounded by commercial activities and some resident properties.

The Gore District Council proposes to transfer its reserve status to 3.8ha in Charlton Road, adjacent to the Gore Multisports Complex and Wayland Park.

Gore parks and recreation manager Ian Soper said the Council has talked to the Wanderers club about the change.

“Club members were quite happy about the prospect of moving to the proposed new reserve as they would be closer to the newer Wayland Park facilities.”

There have also been long standing concerns about the safety of children and other park users given the area is on the heavy traffic bypass.

Mr Soper said the Council bought the land in Charlton Road with the intention of creating a recreational hub around the multisports complex.

“This area is essentially a sporting hub so it makes sense to cluster sports at the location. It’s also closer to schools and the main resident population.”

If the reserve status transfer is approved, the Council would be able to register a covenant on the Hyde Park title, which would enable it to direct the type of activity that could be carried out on the land.

The area is zoned for mixed commercial use, making it suitable for such activities as education, health care, service stations and visitor accommodation.

The proposal is open for public submission until 5.00pm Friday 22 September.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz