A long running disagreement between Ashburton District Council and neighbours of the Art Gallery and Heritage Centre has come to a close.
The disagreement dates back to 2011, when the Council and five neighbours signed a side agreement which required residents' only parking restrictions to be created in parts of Wills and Cameron Streets, whenever public events were held at the Art Gallery and Heritage Centre on West St.
The parking restrictions could not be implemented without an amendment to the Transportation and Parking Bylaw, which required public consultation and a hearing of submissions. Ultimately the Council resolved in September 2014 not to proceed with the bylaw amendment
The neighbours pointed out their right to rely on the agreement and legal action was threatened.
Ongoing negotiations through a neutral third party has now resulted in a written statement acceptable to all parties.
This statement is available to read here.
The Council's Chief Executive Andrew Dalziel says the settlement marks the end of a long process and the Council looks forward to a positive relationship with the neighbours of the new facility.