School getting more space for sports

Remarkables Primary School could soon have a sports field three times the size of its current sportsground.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has granted permission, subject to public consultation, for the project and the school is seeking resource consent. The land is an irregular-shaped, 1600sq m section of Frankton Domain, which borders the school.

It is proposed that at times when Remarkables Primary is not using the field, such as at holidays and weekends, it be made available for use by sports groups, with Lakes Leisure managing bookings.

The land is council-owned and at the August community services meeting, committee chairwoman Cath Gilmour said the council had to clarify this was not setting a precedent allowing the public to gain control of council-owned land.

Trees on the land are being removed and will be replanted once the earthworks have been completed.

Neighbours and the general public are being consulted at present and given the opportunity to comment on the granting of a licence to occupy the reserve.

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