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When you think ‘council’, some of the services that might immediately
jump to mind are water, rubbish or roads. These are some of our core services
we provide in the community, but there is actually a whole host of other
responsibilities and tasks that the Council also looks after.
One such task that many people might not ordinarily consider, is
Council-owned properties. The Council owns and manages over 1,500 properties
across the district for strategic, social and investment purposes. This
includes Elderly Persons Housing, industrial and commercial properties and the
management of Crown reserve land. It’s a big job, and the Council’s Commercial
team work very hard keeping these properties and any related activities ticking
Each property is managed according to the reasons for why it is held,
with leases, easements, licenses to occupy, reviews and sales all carefully
considered on a case by case basis.
A recent Council matter garnering community interest of late has been
around the Order of St Johns plans to extend their Tancred Street headquarters
and how they can guarantee legal right of way to the rear of that property through
a Council-owned property on Burnett Street. We are fully supportive of the work
St John does in our community, and are working with this invaluable service
provider to see that their plans can move forward.
For many years, St John has had an informal right of way through the
Burnett Street property, but their plans dictate that they would need
guaranteed certainty moving forward. This is why the Council is trying to find
the best solution possible for this request. We were working through the option
of selling the land to St John. We’ve recently confirmed that the property is
in fact reserve land, and therefore disposing of this land is not as straight
forward as a regular property sale. There are rules dictated by Government
legislation and it’s therefore important that we go about this task in the
There is a report coming to the Council’s Finance and Business Support
Committee meeting tomorrow (Thursday 29 November) where Council will be
discussing this matter further, especially in regard to the newly discovered
information that the status of the land is reserve.
You can see our
agendas for all of our meetings on the Council website ashburtondc.govt.nz, and
I also encourage all residents to consider attending these meetings to see our
local decision-making processes in action.