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Thursday 29 November, 2018
The Ashburton District Council
has today voted to grant a right-of-way easement over its property located at
330 Burnet Street in Ashburton for the Order of St John to access the rear of their
Tancred Street property.
The Council originally declined
the Order of St John’s right-of-way request at their 26 July 2018 meeting,
opting instead to investigate a potential sale of the property to the service
provider. This option was discounted, with recent confirmation by the
Department of Conservation that the property is reserve land and therefore
subject to strict Crown land sale processes. Continuing with the sale option
may not have secured the desired outcome for the Council or Order of St John.
“We are very pleased with
today’s outcome after working through the process of determining our options,” said
Mayor Donna Favel. “The Council recognises the service that the Order of St
John provides to our community. This right-of-way easement means that they can
continue to deliver and expand on their services for the foreseeable future,”
Prior to the Council
completing any agreement, the Order of St John will need to apply and be
granted a variation to the resource consent for their property, which currently
requires landscaping of the boundary between the two properties.
This right-of-way easement
approval by Council comes with the delegated authority to the Chief Executive,
Hamish Riach, to negotiate the final terms and conditions of the agreement, which
would include a fixed term of 10 years with the right of renewal for no more
than five years.
This decision achieves the
desired outcome for both the Council and the Order of St John.