Franklin County News : September 18th 2014
■THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2014. • 217 KING STREET, PUKEKOHE www.franklincountynews.co.nz AUDITED NET CIRCULATION 31,150 COPIES HOT ROD HEAVEN Club celebrates 50th birthday 3 SWIMMING SUCCESS Students make waves at AIMS 66 JOIN US ON FACEBOOK Got to facebook.com/ FranklinCountyNews Bending backs for Tuakau’s big spruce-up KEEPINGTUAKAU BEAUTIFUL: Tuakau locals got into the spirit of KeepNew Zealand Beautiful week by planting more than 1200 trees and plants at the Les Batkin Reserve along the banks of the Waikato River on Sunday. More than 100 people braved the wet weather for the plantings and to pick up rubbish on the streets of Tuakau. KeepNewZealand Beautiful Week is one of the largest nationwide community events held inNewZealand with over 40,000 participants. It runs until this Saturday. Turn to P7 for more on Tuakau’s big spruce up Clubrooms cut back Rising costs force changes By SHAUN EADE Ballooning costs for materials and consultancy fees has meant plans for the new cricket and football clubrooms at Pukekohe’s Bledisloe Park have been dialled back to fit within budget. The project, which was planned to be started in February this year, was originally budgeted at $2.3 million – a figure the Bledisloe Park Society had secured through funding from the Franklin Local Board, the New Zealand Community Trust, the Lotteries Commission and the ASB Community Trust in December last year. But since then, the budget has grown to an estimated $2.6m. Bledisloe Park Society chair- man Trevor Gill said a number of factors caused the rise in costs. ‘‘It was cost of materials, consultancy costs and all that sort of stuff that . . . along with a few changes with the Auckland Unitary Plan, it blew out on us.’’ Gill said rather than try and raise the extra money, they reviewed the plans for the clubrooms. ‘‘We redesigned the building, cut back on a little bit of squaremetreage and made some changes to bring to about $2.25 million. ‘‘We have now made certain adjustments but we have not compromised the building at all and brought it back to the figure we have got.’’ Carparks will be built where the old soccer clubrooms are. The Franklin Local Board agreed to give the society an additional grant of $50,000 to help it with the cost of removing the old cricket clubrooms from the park, at its August meeting. Gill said they hoped work would begin on the clubrooms early next year. ‘‘The next step is to get building consent and go out to tender.’’ He expected it would take nine months to complete. The building will be located on the John St side of the park. The existing Pukekohe Football Clubrooms and the Pukekohe Metro Cricket Clubrooms will be removed once the new building is completed, then the layout of the fields will be reviewed.
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