OBJECTIONS continue to be made to the Bombala Council concerning the positioning of a new garage set to be built at the rear of the Bombala Community Centre.
The shed, which is being built to house the council’s HACC vehicles, is positioned in line with some of the library’s windows, just beyond the back veranda of the building.
The complaints relate to the parkland and river views that will be obscured by the new garage, and what some perceive to be a lack of public consultation on its placement.
There has also been some objection to the removal of several trees that the construction of the garage necessitates.
Library users in particular are dismayed by the loss of the picturesque views that the construction of the garage would cause, and the Bombala Times has received several letters on the matter.
Bombala Council General Manager, Ngaire McCrindle explains that due to the nature of the site, drainage and potential flooding, the position chosen for the garage was the most appropriate.
Where some have suggested the HACC vehicles may have been garaged to the front of the Community Centre rather than the rear, one Councillor informs us that this would have hindered disabled access to the building.
The Councillor noted that some consideration had also gone towards the potential to extend the Community Centre building in future years if there was need.
When it comes to the matter of public consultation, Ms McCrindle explains that that the proposed garage went through the HACC committee for approval, and then on to Council.
This means that the proposal was publicly available, and that it was in fact considered by a number of people beyond just our Councillors.
“Councillors are elected to run the area for their constituents and obviously levels of public consultation vary depending on the impact of the issue,” Ms McCrindle said.
She assures us that, while the decision was made prior to her arrival, the level of consultation undertaken would have been considered appropriate by the Council and Council management at the time.
The foundations for the new garage have already been laid, but those in opposition to the placement of the garage had hoped that public disapproval would delay work while another site could be considered.
While we had been unofficially informed by one Councillor that a delay was possible while the situation was reviewed, Ms McCrindle indicated that the matter had been decided by Council some time ago, and unless a decision was made otherwise, work will proceed.