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Thursday 23 February, 2017.
District Council voted today for staff to investigate the possibility of its
new library being located at Ashburton College.
proposal that the Council start negotiations to acquire land that would allow
it to build a new library and administration facility at Baring Square East, on
the former Country Council site and surrounding land, was lost in a vote of
eight Councillors to five.
decision came after a presentation from new Ashburton College principal Ross
Preece, who asked the Council to explore the possibility of locating the
library at the College.
Council does not accept the College’s proposal, the original recommendation to
negotiate the purchase of land at Baring Square East will be put back on the
Chief Executive Jane Donaldson said the Baring Square East site was the one the
Council had found that would contribute to the revitalisation of the CBD, as
well as provide the space required for the library and administration
building. The Baring Square East site best met the criteria Council had
identified as being important.
have been two rounds of community consultation on a suitable site for a library
and administration building.
Council wants to select a site or sites that were not included in the original
community consultation, it will need to consult with the community again.
Donna Favel said she was confident the Council had so far gone through a
thorough and diligent process that had been well guided by its consultants. “I’m
not opposed to the recommendation to place the new facility at the Baring
Square East site but want more information on the Ashburton College proposal,”
report for Councillors on negotiations with Ashburton College is expected to be
ready in about six weeks time.