Council grants right-of-way easement to Order of St John

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,” she added.

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.​​​

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