Community centre design approved but cafe still on hold

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Nelson City Council has today approved the concept designs for a new community and sports facility in Stoke.

Detailed design and securing resource and building consents will now commence, with Council setting aside $6.14million over two years for the full project design and build. The planned start date is March 2016.

Deputy Mayor Paul Matheson says he is pleased to see the facility progressing.

“Council has worked closely with the Stoke community over the past two years, listening to their feedback, to ensure we get this right. It’s an important project that I’m happy to see moving forward,” he says. “This facility at Greenmeadows is a significant step in supporting the development and growth of our city’s fastest growing suburb.”

Council approved the concept designs with an additional space that could be converted into a café in the future.

“We need to discuss this further with the community, ask them what they want and whether they see a cafe working in that space,” Deputy Mayor Matheson says.

Council has made further provisions for continued development of Stoke as part of its 10 Year Plan.

Additional projects include further discussions with the community on the future of Stoke Hall; consultation, planning and physical works for a youth park; an extension to the Library and further improvements to parking and transport issues.