This was a key meeting for the future of West Melton regarding incoming changes to the SH73 road corridor through the town
Tonight’s meeting was punctual and well attended with a healthy line-up of topics to cover.
Tonight we held our AGM, followed by the first committee meeting for 2015. Congratulations to all the volunteers both familiar and new who came along.
A light turnout of committee members this evening, but with plenty on the agenda, Jeff was eager to get the meeting started. The following summarises the topics discussed during the evening.
Peter Stafford has now relocated the water fountain from its former home at the intersection of West Melton and Weedons Ross Roads. Repairs to the fountain are now under-way. The WMRA agreed to extend funding of this project to $2,000 (ex GST).
Bruce announced the Selwyn District Council’s Neighbours Week for 2014, being the week of October 24. He encouraged others to set up their own street parties and similar events, reiterating that the council will fund such events, usually to the tune of $100 for food and drink etc. The process this year is to run the event, then apply for remittance using receipts afterwards. It’s a good idea to seek approval for your event first – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce wanted to remind people that the NZ Defence Force is entering a training phase. While based in Burnham, the army will be making greater use of the West Melton Army Rifle Range during this period. The NZ Army has been running regular advertisements through local sources to raise awareness of this. Bruce reiterated how large ammunitions now tested and trained in Tekapo instead of West Melton.
It was a full house at the West Melton Community Hall, with many residents making the decision to come to the public forum to hear Hamish Wheelans speak about the proposed residential subdivision of the Wilson South Block which was submitted for consent this week.
Bruce Russell began with a warm welcome to Hamish and his staff, giving credit for his past involvement with the community and his willingness to engage West Melton Residents with this latest project.
Hamish began by outlining how the project had progressed over the past two years since the land was purchased – the zoning, the name (A mashup from the Wilson Stud Farm name) and how an initial design was “thrown out the window” before arriving at the design submitted this week.
Referencing the ideas and process behind the development of Preston Downs, Hamish outlined his desire for Wilfield to have a similar theme – blended lot sizes, open spaces, natural contours and features, integrated with community clubs, services and existing infrastructure. Hamish described how the design fits with the natural (old) river channels of the site and how covenants would be used to maintain the site contours for drainage etc. Hamish’s intention is to keep many of the hedges, shelter belts & large trees where possible.