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08/02/2019 10:00am

The Council is going back to square one on its proposed plans for a new library and community hub in Ngatea. 

At its meeting on 30 January, it decided that no further detailed work on options for future library services in Ngatea will be undertaken. Instead, it will push the reset button on the proposal it began last year and go back to the community to find out more about what it wants in the short and long term.

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The decision followed a report from the working party tasked with further investigating one of Council’s options to partner with the Haurakian Trust and build a new community space in Ngatea. The Council thanked the working party for the time and effort it had put in to the report but made it clear that detailed work on the proposal should now come to a halt.

“We asked for feedback on a number of options for the library during the ‘We Need to Talk’ engagement on our ten year plan last year. This raised some valid concerns around our preferred option to partner with the Trust and build a new community space - and we’re still receiving that feedback,” said Mayor John Tregidga.

We need time to listen to the community

“So, we’ve decided to start a new conversation. We realise we need to spend more time listening to all sectors of the community before making a decision on this.”

He said more information about how the community can join in the conversation would be available towards the end of February.

“My message to you all is that this is your library, your opportunity, and your participation is critical to the success of this project. So watch this space.”