Wilton Residents' Association
Minutes of the AGM held at 7:30pm, Tuesday 18 October, 2005, Otari
Robert Davies in the chair.
Councillors Andy Foster and Jack Ruben and around 30 residents of Wilton.
Davina Routley, Jock Fleming, Colin Smith, Ron & Claire Strain, Sue Locke,
Noeline Stoops, Tony Hurst.
Discussion on Wilton Bowling Club proposal
The Wilton Bowling Club is seeking resource consent to build an Indoor
Bowling Facility on its number one green. It would cover the green and
at its maximum height be about twice the height above the green as the existing
clubhouse. The Wilton Residents Association has been sent a copy of the resource
Athol Swann (Otari Wilton Bush Trust).
- The Otari Wilton Bush Trust is opposing the application.
- The proposal isn't in compliance with the reserves act. As a
recreational reserve, this space is for outdoor sport. The proposed facility
is converting it to an indoor sport and reducing the amount of outdoor
- It will be a large building out of line with the current zoning and
- In open space A zoning only small buildings are allowed as
required for outdoor sports.
- Facility is out of place in natural environment and heritage area.
Susan Waugh (Otari Wilton Environment and Heritage Society) .
- The Otari Wilton Environment and Heritage Society is opposing the
- The society is a community group set up to preserve the local
environment and heritage. It currently has around 60 or 70 members.
- The proposed facility would be out of place in the neighbourhood of the
historic Curtis Farmhouse and the Otari Wilton Bush and would break the
connection between them.
- There are potential problems with traffic flow particularly in the
evening and winter.
- Bowling club may introduce gambling machines to try to increase young
- Who owns the land? Athol: The City Council. Mrs Curtis sold the land to
the Council. One of the conditions was that the view to the bush would be
- Member of the bowling club: Some of the publicity against the proposal
is misleading or exaggerated. But it is not clear that the facility would
benefit the rank and file membership (as opposed to the top players).
- Councillor Jack Ruben: He thought there was a strong case against the
proposal. It is important to present your submission in person.
- Tony Chisholm: Questions who will be in charge. Owned by Wilton but
essentially a regional activity?
- Councillor Andy Foster (in response to a question): It couldn't be
converted to another purpose apart from recreation.
- Athol Swann: Rules are being bent from the zoning being for outdoor
- Andy Foster: The resource management act is is what is important here -
must argue under the provisions of the resource management act.
Yellow crested cockatoos. A wild population of these is growing in the
Wilton area. They are damaging trees and possibly houses as well as having a
very unpleasant call. Probably a regional council responsibility.
Wilton bus route. The Wilton bus goes as far as Surrey Street. Why not go on
to the Karori tunnel, say? On reason would be to improve access to Karori
Sanctuary. Andy to ask for comment from StageCoach.
Filthy bus. A bus that has been used as a school bus can be filthy if not
cleaned before being used for general passengers.
Earthworks. What is the status of the earthworks at the corner of Whitehead
Road and Wilton Road? The present work presents a road hazard. (It turns out that these were unauthorised and have been