No museum in my front yard

Cliff road residents say the green space is more important for the city. Photo: file.

Residents from Cliff Road – the council’s proposed museum site – have claimed that any development would be in conflict with the city council’s own spatial framework plan.

Locals say the former bowling greens, between the carparks and the rose gardens, have been adopted by the community and form an integral part of the ‘green necklace’ extolled by the same committee that now wants to build a museum there.

Speaking on behalf of the 28 people who filed written objections to the Cliff Road museum proposal, Lorraine King began by reminding Transformation Committee chairman Larry Baldock of his previous support for the green necklace - open green spaces circling the Central Business District.

The resident’s written objections were received by the committee as a petition.

Cliff Road, Brown and Mission Street residents do not object to the city having a museum, says Lorraine, however they strongly object to having a museum on green site in a densely populated area.

She quoted Larry Baldock’s previous statements on the city centre spatial framework.

“As more people come to live and work in the city we want to ensure that we retain the things people living in the central city value about the neighbourhood,” Larry was quoted as saying.

City council also learned in 2008 that maintaining privacy and greenspace are among the things that people living in the city centre area value the most.

“So we find it very interesting that the proposed location of the stand-alone museum on Cliff Road clearly contradicts the comments above,” says Lorraine.

“We want to retain that privacy - the residential feel.”

Meanwhile, Tauranga City Council is inviting the wider public to have its say on the proposed museum.

Council are investigating the next steps of delivering the proposed museum, with part of the work looking at the Resource Management Act requirements, including the City Plan.

The outcomes of this process will influence the final look, feel and experience of the museum proposal.

Members of the public are invited to provide their views on the best way forward to minimise impacts on the local area while enabling the delivery of a successful museum with a full suite of programmes and events.

You can attend a drop-in session at the Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club Hall, next to Cliff Road Car Park, on Saturday, March 10 (10am-12pm), Tuesday, March 13 (5-7pm) and Thursday, March 15 (5-7pm). To find out more go to:

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No way

Posted on 13-03-2018 18:16 | By Told you

How on earth can the TCC want a Museum when they want to put the rates up by 40% just doesnt make sense,wake up people and tell the Council how you feel.

Don't hold your breath....

Posted on 13-03-2018 13:20 | By Border Patrol

...when the council have their eye on something they will manipulate the questions and approach the people they know they will get a favourable response from. I’m just seeing it in action now with the proposed marine facility being mooted on Active Open Space at Sulphur Point. The information on council website is so biased towards the project and at a question and answer time the deputy mayor also had an obvious bias towards the project, you get the impression it’s already a done deal...and don’t the pointy heads just love the words that "this project will add vibrancy to our city" ....that is a very debatable point indeed.

City without a soul ?

Posted on 13-03-2018 09:15 | By SonnyJim

It’s quite sad that Tauranga had no grand settlement plan. There is no town square, no grand buildings nor integrated central park. We have an expanding ciity with satellite urban centres divorcing citizens from what was a small harbour edge fishing and trading village that became the default commercial centre of Tauranga. Consequently, it seems like whenever a project emerges it faces an acceptance battle because Tauranga Central has no focal core nor city identity to bind us together. We have, like Susan Boyle once said - "a collection of villages", and an ever diminishing community soul.

Locals object

Posted on 13-03-2018 01:22 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Obviously TCC’s huge spend up trying to convince all of the wonders of a Museum has at last reached the immediate locals and they are "not impressed" nor amused! Obviously the Museum lovers dont reside in the vacinity.

No one

Posted on 12-03-2018 21:15 | By Tgaboy

I repeat no one wants a museum. Waste of space. Waste of money. Waste of resources. Eff off with the stupid concept. The historic village died a natural death. Did we learn nothing from it?


Posted on 12-03-2018 19:17 | By dumbkof2

how much more time and money is going to be wasted on this lame duck


Posted on 12-03-2018 18:39 | By astex

With the prospect of a 40% increase in rates over the next 3 years why are we even still talking about spending money on a museum. STOP THIS NOW!

Excellant Larry

Posted on 12-03-2018 18:26 | By MISS ADVENTURE

The contradictions jsut keep coming, typical result. There is no surprises here, indeed Larry wants to say whatever will keep anyone happy at the moment, even if opposite to prior. There are no surprises here folks!