In February – March 2020, we made residents aware of our plan to carry out improvements to Cheyne Park, Pyes Pa. Two key areas of concern were raised by residents:
- that Council is taking away from needed housing stock - in response, council do not want to reduce local housing stock and will do our best to sell this home so it can be used again.
- that money shouldn’t be spent on this project at this time - in response, this project is funded by the reserve development contributions to provide/improve local parks and reserves – it must be used for this purpose and cannot be directed to projects outside of this scope.
We have evaluated residents’ feedback and have decided the next steps for this project, based on the funding for the project and not wanting to reduce local housing stock.
- April to September 2020: the building at 12 Montana Place will remain on the market as a relocatable home.
- October to December 2020: if not sold and moved prior, the building at 12 Montana Place will be moved and stored off site and will remain on the market.
- Late 2020/early 2021: reinstating the area and park upgrades to take place.
We are proposing some upgrades to Cheyne Park, Pyes Pa to give much improved access from Montana Drive. We’d like to inform you about these changes and provide an opportunity to give any feedback.
Cheyne Park is a neighbourhood reserve that is not well used because it is hard to access. We are planning to upgrade the accessway to the park – by removing the building at 12 Montana Drive to give it a wide entrance that makes the park more visible and accessible from the street. This, combined with landscaping will help the area become a more attractive, user-friendly and safer community reserve for the residents in this area.
We’ll also add some new features, like park benches and native trees, plus refurbish some of the existing playground equipment.
Council established that purchasing a property was the best way to improve access in this particular case. In 2017 the property at 12 Montana Drive was listed for sale and Council purchased this property to enable us to create an additional entry into the park.
This work is being funded through existing development contributions, which are used to help improve parks and reserves for the local community. There are specific conditions about how Council is able to use these development contributions to improve parks and reserves around Tauranga. Funding for this work has been approved by Council’s Elected Members.
The building at 12 Montana Drive is on the market and we will be selling or salvaging/recycling as much of the building as possible through this process. Once it has been removed, the grounds will be reinstated, with footpaths and signage.
Picture of new entry to Cheyne Park along Montana Drive.
Cheyne Park images
Before image showing boundary(1.8mb pdf)
Aerial Map 1 showing new footpath from entrance to playground (2.9mb pdf)
Aerial Map 2 showing new footpath from entrance to Cumberworth Close (2.9mb pdf)
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