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Motorhome users propose camping area at port

May 15th, 2014
[by David Armstrong]

Local members of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association want to develop the old Motueka beach camp into grounds for certified, self-contained motorhome users.

Bob Geer, representing the association, made the proposal at Tuesday's Community Board meeting, saying they would like to not only add facilities for motorhome users but also manage the adjacent freedom camping park.

The area, the open space to the south of the saltwater baths, has been the subject of much debate and complaint in recent years when it has been used by freedom campers who do not have self-contained campervans.

Bob said the association, which has about 54,000 members countrywide, would like to lease the grass area past the playground, and put in a dump station and fences (or extended bollards), and install a custodian chosen from its local membership.

It was pointed out to Bob that this proposal may conflict with redevelopment already being planned for this area by Keep Motueka Beautiful (see our story here), but if the two groups collaborated it may be possible for both changes to occur.

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne, who was also at the meeting, said the idea was worth pursuing but the motorhome team will need to talk with Council about all the related issues such as planning and reserves policy.

Motueka Harbour and Coastal Works Account
The Community Board also discussed with Richard and council staff at the meeting the situation with this account and how Council was thinking of using the money (see our story here).

Several board members voiced concerns based on comments coming to them that the money may be spent elsewhere in the district, such as the Mapua wharf development, or on the Jacketts Island erosion problem.

Richard said Council staff are researching the history of the fund, both historic and recent, and clarifying the situation.

High Street pedestrian crossing lights

A date was organised for a public meeting at which Council staff will provide information about its plan for newly located pedestrian-operated traffic lights in High Street (see our story here).

The meeting will be held at Memorial Hall on Thursday May 29th from 4.30pm to 6.00pm, during which time residents will have the opportunity to express their opinions.


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