Picnic table may yet be spared

A picnic table at the corner of Factory and Gordon Rds in Mosgiel may get a stay of execution yet.

The notice of motion to rescind an earlier decision to remove the table will be put by board member Maurice Prendergast to the next meeting of the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board, on September 30, after it found a seconder.

If accepted, a previous decision to remove the table will be rescinded, and the board will be able to reconsider what to do about it.

The picnic table was to have been removed after concerns surfaced that an art installation on the site was being covered up.

The Dunedin City Council installed the Beech Leaf Stepping Stones sculpture on the site in 2005 or 2006.

After that public toilets and a picnic table were installed, leaving only a few of the leaves visible.

The board resolved in May to remove the table so the sculpture could be reinstated, but in August member Maurice Prendergast said the May resolution, even though he moved it, could have been ''hasty'' and went against the ''mood of the district''.

His comments followed a presentation by Mosgiel resident Cam Shaw, to the board of a survey that showed most respondents wanted the table to stay where it was.

After that meeting Mr Prendergast appealed to his fellow board members for a seconder for his notice of motion to stall the removal of the table.

He got one in fellow member Sarah Nitis.

In a letter seeking a supporter for the notice of motion, Mr Prendergast said he felt compelled, in the light of the ''widespread public appeal'' for reconsideration and the cost of several hundred dollars to dismantle and relocate the table, to revisit the issue.

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