Tairua Skatepark and Community Boards
Written by John Grant on November 18, 2022
By John Freer
The group set up to review the design of the proposed Tairua skateboard park will have its first meeting today (Friday), but according to Thames Coromandel District Council staff, public and the media will not be allowed to attend.
The reason, according to council, is to allow for free and frank discussion. And given the reported levels of intimidation that some have felt throughout the skatepark discussion, the spokesman said they want to ensure the safety of all those involved in the meetings and told CFM that the presence of anyone not directly involved has a high probability of limiting people’s feelings of safety and therefore their ability to contribute to the discussion, and added it was a project meeting, not a public meeting.
Draft plans will be tabled at the meeting after which council will release details to the media.
In other TCDC news, both the Mercury Bay and the Coromandel/Colville Community Boards met for the first time with the newly elected teams this week and chose their respective chairs.
Krissy Robinson was elected unopposed at Mercury Bay, with former chair and new district councillor Rekha Giri-Percival being elected deputy. At the Coromandel/Colville meeting when nominations were called, there was a deathly silence. After a prolonged pause, Colville’s Gavin Jeffcoat was elected unopposed with Jean Ashby his deputy.
Photos: TCDCThe three remaining boards hold their inaugural meetings next week.