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Council buys up prime land Council is buying two prime and strategically important properties at Paraparaumu Beach. It is spending $1.43 million for the two lots at 26 and 29 Marine Parade, with a combined capital value of $1.66 million. The purchase was funded from the council’s strategic property and land budgets. “This proposal was considered in a public excluded session [Sept 26] due to commercial sensitivities on the understanding that the decision would be released to the public once a contract had been completed between the council and the seller,” council chief executive Wayne Maxwell said. “The council resolved to acquire the land and we have proceeded with contract details. “In the interim, details of this transaction have been made public and, given the interest, we have consulted with the parties involved, including the site’s tenants, to release further information before settlement. “Continuing to support the growth and development of Paraparaumu Beach is of immense strategic value. As a destination to view and visit Kāpiti Island, we are already investing in ways to sustain and enhance the character of the area and encourage more visitors.” Mr Maxwell said one of the initial considerations for acquiring the land was to ensure the Paraparaumu Beach Saturday Morning Market could continue in the short term, if the proposed move to Maclean St was held up, or was unable to

IN BRIEF STEP FORWARD Council has granted resource consent for Mahara Gallery, in Waikanae, to revamp its gallery to professional museum standards. The consent was “a major step forward towards realising the dream of creating a gallery that can accept the gift of the Field Collection [comprising a number of Frances Hodgkins artworks] and be a better district gallery for Kāpiti”, the gallery said. It has enabled the gallery to submit funding applications to theLottery Grants Board. The board can now progress its fundraising.

REVIEW

External consultancy firm MartinJenkins is the top contender to undertake an independent organisational review of the council. Council’s independent organisational review subcommittee is seeking council approval to appoint the firm at tomorrow’s additional council meeting. Another recommendation seeks council approval to authorise the chief executive to “reassign up to a further $183,000 plus GST from the 2019/20 Annual Plan budget to help fund the total estimated costs of the independent organisational review”. The area which council is buying. proceed. “As things stand, the move is progressing well, and the market will operate from Maclean St. “Longer term, the acquisition will support our work to position the district for growth by ensuring a strategic lens in assessing how best to utilise this space.” The land had the “potential to provide strategic options that could complement two projects that we expect to lodge with the Provincial

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Growth Fund (PGF)”. “The Waiorua Lodge on Kāpiti Island has already received some funding from the PGF to assist with developing a business case for expanding their current facilities on the Island. “On the mainland, council and the community, through the 2018-38 Long Term Plan process, identified the need to establish a Kāpiti Island gateway facility to support visitor attraction and

work is currently underway to develop a business case for this proposal. “It is early days and no decisions about have been made about how the Marine Parade land will be used in the future. Once the sale and purchase agreement is completed [early November], the council will undertake further work to look at the feasibility of a range of options, and will consider a way forward.”

BOOKS

Council is spending $32,100 per year on storing Waikanae Library books with a private company, Restore Our Book Budget (ROBB) said. Chairman Christopher Ruthe said the group had written to council stating, “There seems to be no reason why the books in storage, or at least a substantial number of them, could not be relocated to the two remaining libraries, at a substantial saving to the ratepayer.” The books have been mothballed after the library was closed because of mould and weather tightness issues.

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