• Jill Herron


Landscaping around a second single-lane roundabout to be constructed at the entrance to Cromwell should be in keeping with the town’s Masterplan aspirations, according to members of the Cromwell Community Board.

The $7M roundabout at the intersection of SH8B and Barry Avenue will provide access to the new Wooing Tree subdivision and is expected to be completed by the middle of next year. Details were given to the board on Tuesday, regarding the land requisitions required by Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency(NZTA).

Slices of land will be purchased in September from the Central Otago District Council and the developers, on one corner of the Big Fruit Reserve, road frontage near The Gate Hotel and from the subdivision itself. The purchase is done under the Public Works Act and is compulsory.

Cr Nigel McKinlay asked for assurance that there would proper plantings that fit with the Spatial Plan which sets out how the Masterplan will be developed. He also questioned how the roundabout will be lit. NZTA did not attend the meeting but council staff were working with them on these issues.

The Wooing Tree subdivision, originally set for 210 sections may now contain 332 sections if an application under the government’s Covid Fast Track legislation is successful, CODC Planning Manager, David Campbell said in an earlier statement. While the change, being processed by the Environmental Protection Agency, will not be publically notified, the CODC, some residents and businesses have been invited to comment by 30 June, according to an Agency document.

The new application by Wooing Tree Property Development LP includes 300 residential sites and three ‘superlots’ for business development including a neighbourhood centre and travellers’ accommodation.

The original publically-notified subdivision application attracted 48 submissions with 15 of these raising concern over the density of housing. Plan Change 12, which allowed the project to go ahead was finally signed off by the CODC in 2019 after resolving an appeal from a group of neighbours.

In his monthly report to the Board, mayor Tim Cadogan said the ‘Fast Track’ process was not something people had experienced before.

“It’s a remarkable process where very selective groups get to comment. There will be no hearing or grounds for appeal.”

Meanwhile work will begin in spring on NZTA’s $8M roundabout just up the highway at the intersection of SH6 and 8B near Nichols Garden Centre.

'Pun' Road Names Rejected

Developers of four-stage subdivision off Cemetery Road

had three of their four new road name suggestions rejected this week. Dunn Road, named after a former Cromwell mayor was accepted but the board considered Sexton, Pastor Way and Restin Place as unsuitable due to proximity of the cemetery.

Cr Cheryl Laws(left) considered the latter two to be “pun names” and favoured others that had historical significance to the area.

The new roads will be named Brodrick Way and Turton Crescent after two former mayors and Hucklebridge Place after a couple with a long local government history.

Big Fruit Bill

Recommended annual cleaning and lacquer to guard from fading has not been undertaken on Cromwell’s Fruit Sculpture, which is again requiring a paint job.

The Cromwell Community Board were informed at a meeting this week that the iconic fruit were last painted five years ago at a cost of $37,000, after a 12-year gap between paint jobs. The council had budgeted $50,000 for a repaint next summer but found few contractors keen to do the work. A quote for $94,500 was eventually secured and the additional funding was approved by the board. Board member Tony Buchanan voted against the approval due to cost.

Storage Woes Resolved

A six-metre container will be located beside the council-owned Alpha Street clubrooms, at the request of the Cromwell Football Club. The club needed storage space for gear and would ensure the container was painted to blend in with its surroundings, the meeting heard. The placement was to be temporary and reviewed within two years.

The board were further asked to install water heating for hot showers as the lack of these had implications not only for regular football players and for the club’s aspirations to host tournaments, but also for the wider community. Investigations into this would be made as part of a potential plan for the club to lease the premises.

Shelter for Bike Park

Cyclists using the Cromwell Bike Park will be shielded from the weather in future after approval for a shelter over the starting ramps was given by the Board. The shelter, being sponsored by James Dodd of Wide Span Sheds, would also make the venue more attractive to those looking to hold events.

The Central Otago District Council is also looking into providing a toilet for the facility, the meeting heard.

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