Holiday park issues about to be aired

The Central Otago District Council is investigating complaints about the way the Clyde Holiday...
The fractious relationship between Clyde sports clubs and the management of the Clyde Holiday Park and Sporting Complex is to be examined on Monday.

The Otago Daily Times understands members of the Clyde Earnscleugh Rugby Football Club and the Clyde Cricket Club are to meet Central Otago District Council representatives at the council offices to discuss issues between them and the leaseholders of the council-owned holiday park and sporting complex, Gary and Roslyn Ryan.

The council has repeatedly said it was unaware of any complaints regarding the management of the holiday park but the ODT has correspondence from sports club members with the council whose clubrooms border the holiday park that detail issues dating back to 2020 when the Ryans were granted the lease, and representatives, which said those problems had been there from the outset of the Ryans being granted the lease but had escalated over time.

Agreements believed to have existed between the clubs and the management of the holiday park had been reneged on and included taking over a shed in which the rugby and cricket clubs stored gear and equipment.

The lock to the shed was subsequently changed.

Other issues included toilets being ruled off limits to players and spectators of games played within the territory and Gary Ryan taking a dim view of people parking on the grass to watch sport.

In one specific case, the Ryans were given notice of a tournament to take place on the grounds and the need to provide showers for male and female players, only for those to be taped off on on the day of the competition for ‘‘painting’’.

The issues with the sports clubs are compounded by issues campers at the holiday park had with management, which came to a head about the New Year period.

Those issues were also not new, dating back to when the Ryans took the lease, but had also escalated over time.

The Otago Daily Times contacted the Central Otago District Council on Tuesday to clarify details of the meeting and the agreements — both formal or informal — regarding shared facilities on the territory of the holiday park and sporting complex. It had yet to receive a reply on Friday night.

When contacted, Mr Ryan said he was unaware of Monday’s meeting.

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