Stadium: public access to Water of Leith

The expensive oversight, Councillor stadium proponents, if you don’t consult your own resource management planners, early.

### ODT Online Tue, 29 Nov 2011
Stadium handover hitch
By David Loughrey

But when a map of the stadium showing the various lots to be transferred was shown to councillors at the meeting, Cr Wilson said the esplanade area running from Anzac Ave alongside the Leith should be owned by the city, with full public access all the way. Instead, it appeared to be going into DVL hands.

A sliver of windswept land that snakes alongside the Water of Leith has stymied the handover of Forsyth Barr Stadium, after a surprise decision by a Dunedin City Council committee yesterday. The issue of who owns the land, and whether the public has access, resulted in an extraordinary meeting being booked for next month to resolve the situation, and left finance, strategy and development committee chairman Cr Syd Brown “frustrated” it was brought up at the last minute. But Cr Kate Wilson, who raised the concerns, said she did not realise there was a problem until she began asking questions yesterday.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Construction, CST, DCC, Design, DVL, DVML, Geography, People, Politics, Project management, Site, Sport, Stadiums, Town planning, Urban design

2 responses to “Stadium: public access to Water of Leith

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Mon, 12 Dec 2011
    Walkway issue in stadium handover
    By David Loughrey
    A final decision on the handing over of the Forsyth Barr Stadium to council-owned company Dunedin Venues Ltd (DVL) is on the agenda today, with only a riparian walkway holding up the process. The Dunedin City Council will hold an extraordinary meeting to decide the issue. Cr Kate Wilson, who opposed the process late last month, said despite assurances in a report public access to the walkway beside the Water of Leith was safe, she was still not comfortable with the handover.
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    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Tue, 13 Dec 2011
      Stadium handover after short debate
      By David Loughrey
      The Forsyth Barr Stadium was handed over to Dunedin Venues Ltd yesterday, and public access by the Water of Leith was ensured, following an extraordinary meeting and a short debate. The handover means the city has about $110 million less debt, although council-owned company DVL now has its debt increased by just that amount.

      Cr Vandervis waved an Otago Daily Times article about DVML taking over some aspects of the Otago Rugby Football Union’s work – including ticketing and marketing – and said DVML was working “at arms length” from the council. That distance was too far for the council to have control.

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      *DVL and DVML have the same board.

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