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Mayor calls for new build By Kristy Martin Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman says that by building a new state-of-the-art educational facility for secondary schooling in Blenheim, our region would prove itself as a nationwide leader of
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modern learning. It would provide opportunities for economic development and encourage people to move here. Mr Sowman says he will make a submission to the consultation process, asking the Ministry of Education to commit to redeveloping the colleges on a greenfield site. Whether construction encompasses two adjoining single-sex colleges the preferred option for both college principals and their respective boards of trustees - or one co-educational facility is not something he has an opinion about. But the third option, fixing the old and leaky buildings at the existing colleges, was no longer viable. So far council has identified three sites, all in the Burleigh area, suitable for a new build, including the Corlett Trust block and Colonial Vineyard sites on Aerodrome Road and the CliffordMarris site on Battys Road. Other potential sites mooted, including Waterlea Racecourse, Pollard Park and A&P Park, have been ruled out for
various reasons. Marlborough Boys’ College principal Wayne Hegarty says any new build needed to be on at least 17 hectares, the land size you’d get if you combined both current sites. With 2000 students to cater for, there were already concerns about the space needed for things like playing fields. “We’re already too small on our site at the moment to run courses like forestry and horticulture,” he said. So far, 320 public submissions have been made and the closing date is next Thursday, July 31. Facilitator Janet Kelly encouraged as many people as possible to have their say, even if they only submitted one or two sentences. For further details or to make a submission, visit the MBC or MGC websites. Left: Mayor Alistair Sowman will make a submission and, background, Colonial Vineyards is one potential site.
Slot car home damaged by vandals By Adam Poulopoulos The Marlborough Slot Car Club is recovering from their own home invasion after they became the latest targets of vandals last week. The club’s room, at A&P Park, was vandalised overnight on Sunday. The culprits broke the door lock and tagged the floor, benches, track, and inside power points. The walls, both inside and outside the building were also tagged, although nothing was stolen. Club member Nigel Boyce left the room at 7:15pm on Sunday, and returned at about 8am the next day to find it trashed. He was disappointed. “It’s a home invasion. That what
it comes down to.” Mr Boyce said it was the worst damage the club had suffered in the 15 years they used the room. But it could have been a lot worse. “The things that could have happened would have been catastrophic. “If they’d permanently damaged the track that would have been major.” The damage came after Mr Boyce’s son Hadley, 11, and Andrew Bidwell, 13, won national titles at a meet in Wellington last month. “For a small club we’re at the sharp end at national level, and to have this happen is a bit devastating really.” Nigel Boyce with the club’s track.
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