Feilding Herald : December 22nd 2011
TRC Toyota Aorangi Street, Feilding. Tel: 06 323 4117 www.trc.toyota.co.nz 4254291AA Nobody knows your Toyota like we do The team at TRC Toyota wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy and safe Holiday season. See you in 2012. Phone: 06 323-5839 Fax: 06 323-9479 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: email@example.com Thursday, December 22, 2011 NO HAIR no impediment for Annie. Page 7 LAST DAY Ian McKelvie farewelled. Page 19 Anewkingborn. . . Nativity: Four-month-old Laura Grace and her mother Katrina Kirton were the stars of the nativity scene at the Carols by Candlelight in Feilding on Sunday. Michael Kirton played Joseph while the three wise men were Feilding Rotarians Lindsay Nicholls, Ken Casey and Eric Rose. The community Carols by Candlelight is organised by Feilding Brass and the Rotary Club of Feilding and attracts a capacity crowd each year. Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS Hark, the Herald angels sing . . . 2011 has been a year of many sig- nificant events throughout the country and within our district. The team at the Feilding Herald have enjoyed delivering all your local news. It is work we are com- mitted to and enjoy, and we thank the community for its support. We strongly encourage all groups and individuals to contact us with their news and photo- graphs so we can share and cel- ebrate your stories, achievements and opinions. We truly appreciate our advertisers and remind our readers that these businesses are supportive to their community in more ways than just providing you with a service or product. We wish all of the community a happy and safe holiday season and look forward to being part of your community in the year ahead. Manfeild land sold to council Moving on: The old stable on the corner of Kawakawa Rd and South St is being removed By BOBBIE NICHOLLS MANAWATU District Council is to purchase four hectares of land at Manfeild Park in Feilding for $5 million. Council approved the move at Thursday s publicly excluded sec- tion of their last council meeting for the year, after agreeing in its 2010-2011 annual plan delib- erations to investigate the Manfeild Park Trust s request for council to purchase trust land fronting South Street and a section of Kawakawa Road. Acting Manawatu District Mayor Matt Bell said $4 million had been initially set aside in the annual plan for the sale, but council later agreed to the additional $1 million. Valuations were sought by the coun- cil and the trust before the purchase figure was finalised. The land deal is to be loan funded. The road frontage involved would encourage commercial enterprise, said Mr Bell. A change of zoning was necess- ary to allow this to happen as a special development area. This will restrict development of the land to business or use complementary to Manfeild Park. The only development of any value currently on the Manfeild site is the skateboard park and council had already been looking at its relo- cation. The old stables and blacksmith s shops are in the pro- cess of being removed. Mr Bell said council had already been approached by parties interested in pursuing land purchases along the road frontages. The idea for land sub-division at the park was mooted some years ago by former District Mayor Ian McKelvie. Council is in the process of rezoning the land acquired. Mr Bell said the loan process to purchase the land was subject to the repayment of a $900,000 council loan to the Manfeild Trust and the lifting of bank guarantees put in place by council. He said people may question the fact that council had given the land to the Manfeild Park Trust and was now buying it back. In fact, we are only a developer buying the land for commercial purposes. I see it as managing a pro- cess for the future of the park and our community. And if you sold the land on the open market it could end up in anyone s hands at any old price. He said there were portions of the land the council wanted to retain for community purposes like vistas, roads and walking tracks. Manfeild chief executive Heather Verry said: This sale will help us immensely with our debt reduction and also allows Manfeild to progress with further developments ben- eficial to the park and to the Mana- watu region. The trust has been working towards the rezoning and sale of this land for more than two years. A number of commercial busines- ses have moved into Kawakawa and Darragh s roads in recent years. The development of the Coach- house Museum on the opposite cor- ner, as a tourist destination should also encourage commercial develop- ment in this part of Feilding.
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