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Thames Community Board elects chairperson and deputy at first meeting

22 November 2019

The first meeting of the new term for the Thames Community Board got underway this week with Strat Peters elected chairperson and Cherie Staples deputy chairperson.

Mr Peters was on the Board last term and has also served as Thames Ward Councillor and Cherie Staples is new as an elected member.

Also on the board are new members Sheryll Fitzpatrick and Peter Revell.

Returning Thames Ward Councillor Sally Christie, and new Councillors Martin Rodley and Robyn Sinclair are also on the Community Board with speaking and voting rights.

The full agenda for the meeting is on our website here.

Thames Community Board

Meeting highlights:

Ruamahunga Bay boat ramp

(Photo: Ruamahunga Bay boat ramp is in poor condition and is due for an upgrade.)

In the public forum the Thames Business Association updated the Board on its latest fundraising activities. The Association has organised a “Santa dash”, where participants wear a Santa suit they have sponsored for $100 and race down Pollen Street on 13 December at 5:30pm, just before the Santa Parade at 6pm. The money raised will help pay for Automatic Number Plate Recognition security cameras.

The Association has also helped organise the e-waste drive at the Seagull Centre on Saturday 23 November from 9:30am-1:30pm. Our Council is contributing $5,000 to the e-drive through the Waste Minimisation Fund. Drop off electronic items and batteries at discounted disposal rates and they will be responsibly recycled.

Other items raised in the public forum were concerns over the design of a toilet to be upgraded at Brown and Cochrane streets, a suggestion for 'adult and baby' swings to be incorporated into playgrounds, an update on the local food waste initiative, and a representative of Transition Town Thames (T3) reaffirmed the group’s relationship with the Board.

Other Board work project updates:

  • In the public forum the Thames Business Association updated the Board on its latest fundraising activities. The Association has organised a “Santa dash”, where participants wear a Santa suit they have sponsored for $100 and race down Pollen Street on 13 December at 5:30pm, just before the Santa Parade at 6pm. The money raised will help pay for Automatic Number Plate Recognition security cameras.
  • The Association has also helped organise the e-waste drive at the Seagull Centre on Saturday 23 November from 9:30am-1:30pm. Drop off electronic items and batteries at discounted disposal rates and they will be responsibly recycled.
  • Other items raised in the public forum were concerns over the design of a toilet to be upgraded at Brown and Cochrane streets, a suggestion for 'adult and baby' swings to be incorporated into playgrounds, an update on the local food waste initiative, and a representative of Transition Town Thames (T3) reaffirmed the group’s relationship with the Board.
  • The Board approved the request from the Coromandel Heritage Trust to retain the unused $1,437.77 from the 2017/18 Community Board grants round and use it in the 2019/20 financial year in order to complete the processing of A&G Price records held at The Treasury.
  • The Board was updated on the draft Thames and Thames Coast Reserves Management Plan and recommended that Council adopt the plan.
  • The draft Reserve Management Plan went out for public consultation from July to September this year and hearings on the submissions were held earlier this month. The draft plan provides information about the management of individual reserves in the Thames Community Board area. Read the draft plan here.
  • Ruamahunga Bay boat ramp has been scheduled for replacement under the 2018-28 Long Term Plan due to its poor condition, with just under $70,000 budgeted in this financial year for the work. The total estimated cost following the detailed design work for the project is $100,000 more than was originally budgeted. The Board decided that the application for resource consent to Waikato Regional Council should proceed, but that construction of the replacement boat ramp be deferred to 2021/22 to allow for the additional budget to be allocated under the 2021-31 Long Term Plan.
  • In response to requests from members of the public, the Board approved changes to three car parks in central Thames:
  1. 714 Pollen Street: extend the length of the accessibility park to allow for longer vehicles, with the loss of one adjacent park;
  2. 433 Pollen Street: relocate the accessibility park to the north side of the pedestrian crossing to increase its size and improve the safety for accessibility access onto the footpath; and,
  3. Cochrane Street: Convert two car parks into one because parked vehicles were restricting the view of drivers using the adjacent driveways.