The shingle pit/zen garden or whatever we are calling it now is back in the media. The deal has fallen through, the developers have pulled out and the Council is left with the land and a very angry Community.
There are so many rumours flying about it’s beginning to look like a conspiracy, or at least trying to grow wings like one.
Yes, I’m very very disappointed the development didn’t go through.
Yes, I’m asking questions to the Council on what happened and what can be put in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
But I don’t want the land to stay fallow for another 8 years while assurances are made that something isn’t coming.
Nothing for us, without us.
Four months on from my last post and the Zen Garden is back in the media. Still no progress. At least it got a weed spray and a tidy up.
It’s being a long time since I’ve posted about the Zen Garden. It’s now formally called the Featherston Town Square, but others call it the Squircle or other such names. It’s been over a year since it was opened and its not used much. Over the summer “First Fridays” are running again. Which is awesome fun.
I’m going to try and keep track of events and further developments in the Zen Garden. The lot next door remains empty with the primrose of development. The Featherston Camp Sculpture will soon appear on the edge of the Garden. The Mini Trains have added to their shed and are soon to build a mini putt course.
Like I said, things are afoot.
The Town Square or squircle has seen some activity over the Summer. These lovely people https://featherstonfirst.com/ have been running fun events. They were missed on the first friday in March. Autumn you see.
The South Wairarapa District Council have proposed usage guidelines on page 111 of this document; http://www.swdc.govt.nz/sites/default/files/FCBAGPack31Jan17.pdf. I strongly encourage anyone interested in running an event at the Town Square to take a look and let the Community Board and the Council know what you think.
These guidelines will not stop the public using the Town Square in an ah-hoc manner.
There is some discussions on Facebook about starting up a craft market there. Which as a crafts person I’d love to see. Somewhere I can sell my books would be great.
What else can the Town Square be used for?
- A outside movie theatre?
- Fun events?
- Community gatherings?
- a starting point for treasure hunts?
Have a think and share.
The dramas with the Town Circle Opening continue!
The Wairarapa Times Ages has just gotta keep up! Things move fast in Featherston, although not as fast as the Council doing a partial about face on the reason the opening is at 7:30 am.
For three days the reason for the 7:30 am start has being to reduce electioneering. Now, after what must be hundreds of calls and thousands of FB posts the Wairarapa Times Age reports in its article “Grumbles over early morning blessing” that it’s for the blessing. Which I’ve been told should be done at dawn, but is been done an hour later. So, yea, not sure what to think.
Come on, make up your mind! Pick a story and stick to it!
A Community Led event has been organised by a few proactive and lovely people. Good on them I say.
I also got wind of a horse show on later that same day that a certain person usually enters, and having shown Arab horses with my mother, I know an early start is the best start.
I’m still showing up in my PJs with coffee and a packet of TimTams.
See you there.
It’s official, the Featherston Zen Garden aka the Town Circle will be officially opened by Her Worship the Mayor on Saturday 1 October at 7:30 am.
Indeed, you are not going blind, I’ve not typed it wrong, 7:30 am start. For a blessing and a speech!
Apparently it’s to stop electioneering, but really I think it’s to limit the heckers on what must be the worst run project I’ve ever seen. A consultation process run so badly that so many people didn’t even bother to respond as the document was “written as a done deal”. No follow up consultation when things had to change due to budget constraints. AND it went over budget anyway!
If I’d run a project like this when I was working I would have been fired!
So the opening will be a nice little opportunity for Her Worship the Mayor in her electioneering campaign as she contests the Regional Council seat. Pity it won’t make a lick of difference.
I suggest that if you think the space could have been used in a better way you come along and heckle. Then we can go for coffee.