Sign a petition – if concerned about the BGI site

July 22, 2007 at 4:35 pm | Posted in BGI site | Leave a comment

Jacky Haydn is a Mt Cook resident who has been gathering signatures to petition the WCC and Foodstuffs regarding the development of the BGI site. The petition:

1. opposes a large-scale supermarket development along Tasman Street as it is already congested at peak time
2. supports a small-scale, low-impact plan, landscaped with trees and shrubs
3. supports keeping Boys’ Institute as an iconic heritage landmark, aesthetically and culturally in tune with other significant historical buildings in Mt Cook
4. supports upgrading the swimming facility Boys [and Girls] Institute houses as it is used by up to 2000 local children per week

    I urge concerned locals to sign this petition, even if you don’t agree with the precise wording. The main sentiments or principles are important. Once we impress upon the WCC and Foodstuffs the strength of feeling that residents and friends of Mt Cook have about ad-hoc development, and the loss of local facilities, we can then (hopefully) influence things – have a say about what we actually want, and how best to make this happen in our neighbourhood.

    The petition can be downloaded here

    Posted by Geoff

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    What’s happening with the BGI site

    July 18, 2007 at 8:51 am | Posted in BGI site | Leave a comment

    Hello, kia ora

    Here is the latest news on the proposed development of the BGI site, as far as I can tell:

    • the Pak ‘n Save formula may not apply – the proposed supermarket is likely to be smaller, more “unique”
    • the City Council has not received an application or been shown plans and therefore has no view or comment to make on the proposal
    • the WCC can only concentrate on certain aspects of an application when it is received. The Councils ability to approve or reject aspects of the proposal will be limited to traffic effects, streetscape impacts and overall urban design
    • the BGI building can be demolished without approval because it doesn’t have heritage status
    • nearby the Council’s urban development strategy aims to “transform Adelaide Rd into a low-rise apartment boulevard supported by appropriate ground floor activities” (Ernst Zolner, 13 July 07)

    The Swim School

    TSW Swim School seems to be of the view that:

    • water safety and the future of swimming in Wellington is jeopardised by closure of the BGI pool and the resident swim school
    • the swimming pool in the BGI building is a the end of its life and would need to be significantly upgraded or replaced with a new facility
    • Wellington needs a dedicated swimming training facility because there is not sufficient capacity to train swimmers in Wellington without the pool in the BGI building
    • While the WCC has no plans to build further swimming facilities in the next decade, the Council could partner with others parties to ensure a new dedicated swimming training facility is established
    • compiling a voice of concern, signed by TSW patrons, will demonstrate to the WCC, and presumably other institutions, that there is demand for a dedicated swim school facility.

    For more information from TSW contact Scott Wilson

    Buildings in danger

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    The Boys [and Girls] Institute Building, built in 1914, and

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    Terraced houses on the corner of Rugby and Belfast Streets.

    Thats all for now.

    Posted by Geoff

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