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4/09/2018 12:00 a.m.
of Central Otago District Council is pleased to confirm that the requisition
order to remove Neil Gillespie as Chair of the Cromwell Community Board has
been formally withdrawn.
original requisition lodged by four of the Community Board members to remove
the chairperson had resulted in some unintended consequences, namely the high
level of media interest and concern in the community. Following discussions
with the requisition signatories (Robin Dicey, Shirley Calvert, Werner Murray
and Annabel Blaikie), the CEO confirmed that the intention of the requisition
was to ensure that the Board is best placed to make the kinds of decisions that
Cromwell requires to succeed into the future. “Those members of the Board
that issued the requisition order were following a procedure available to them
under the Local Government Act. They had not anticipated or intended the high
level of community and media interest, and as a result have agreed to withdraw
the requisition and discuss their concerns informally,” Ms Jacobs said.
is good that the requisition has been withdrawn, this will allow for the Board
to work collectively to represent the residents and ratepayers of the
Cromwell Ward. This will be done through a facilitated discussion and by
meeting to discuss the way the Board works with the Council” she said.
important is that we act together to advance what is in the best interests of
Cromwell and the wider region. The future of the district is far too important
to be informed by anything other than a strong cohesive board working together
towards the betterment of Cromwell. All members of the Cromwell Community Board
have expressed their commitment to that goal,” Ms Jacobs said.
As a result of the withdrawal of the requisition, there will no longer
be a public meeting on 19 September.