Protest organiser Roger Griffiths rallies protestors at the Mapua Wharf on Sunday. The protest was over a fence the council is building which will block the view of some businesses in the wharf precinct. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Council votes to review Mapua fence

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There was no sitting on the fence at Thursday’s full council meeting in Richmond with Tasman district councillors voting to review the construction of the controversial fence by the Shed 4 complex in the Mapua Wharf precinct.

The fence was being built to separate Mapua’s Shed 4 complex from a rival cafe and also provide security for gas bottles and recycling bins servicing tenants of Shed 4. However, the Mapua community objected strongly to the fence saying it was unnecessary and divisive with one protestor at a rally late last month saying it was like the Berlin Wall.

Although councillors agreed the fence was necessary to secure the gas bottles and recycling bins, they made it clear council staff needed to investigate alternative locations that did impact on neighbouring retailers.

Council passed a resolution “…to investigate the location of gas bottles and recycling material bins for Shed 4 with a view to moving the fence at the northern end of the building back towards Shed 4 building….” The resolution stated that the changes had to be “subject to council’s legal obligations and best practise being considered”.

Construction of the partly constructed 1.7-metre fence had already been put on hold after council stopped any further spending on the Mapua Wharf Shed 4 development following revelations of a $470,000 budget blowout.