GOLF AT DEVONPORT.
PIIOPCvSED, IJEASE OF CE,AXET£RY RESERVE. INTERESTING DISCUSSION , BY THE COUNCIL. At the meeting of the Devoiiport Borough Council Inst night a letter -was reud from the secretary of the Waiteinato. Golf GJub, asking the Council to lease the cemetery reserve of seventeen acres to the club for ten yeare, at a rental of £20 a year, including rates. The club would greatly improve the I property, which might be used during the currency of the lease as a refuse tip by the Council. The Mayor stated that Dr. Grattan Guinness (lion, secretary of the Waiteumta Uolf Club) had waited upon him in regard to the mnttcr, and had proposed a rental of £17 per annum. He (the Mayor) had told him thnt he t'nought the sum mentioned was lower than what the Council would entertain, and the sum of £20 had been mentioned. Tho olub would harrow the land, sow it In graes, and in ten yeare' time it would be a vory different property to what it -was now. Tho improvements would bo equivalent to extra rent. Councillor Oeborne thought a lease for ten yeare was too long. Tho Mnvor said it was necessary that (hey should glvo tho dub some security of tenure, becauße the cost to the club of putting tho ground in good order would bo considerable. Councillor Crunch asked whether the club would s be able to keep the public off tho reserve. The question was an important one, which deserved careful coneliisration. The Mayor said the club must necessarily have that privilege if they cared to exercise it. The Council itself had a right to do that if it desired to do so. Councillor Cranch: That is an important item. Councillor McCallum moved that the matter be referred to the Finance and Legal Committee. He objected to rates being included in the consideration paid. In the next ten years there would be two or three valuations of property in a rising place like Devonport. Any agreement made should exclude rates. As a Council, they should take up that attitude. He believed in a fair deal for a good property. If put up to auction it would fetch more money than was offered. 'He would like to see the Golf Club get the land, but they should not do as ci Council what they would hesitate to do as private business men. Councillor Froude said that at the end of the term the club would hand over the property Vn a much improved condition. The club should be met decently in the matter. . Councillor Wilding thought that in a rising place- like Devonporfc it- would be imprudent for the Council to bind itself for the time suggested on the terms mentioned. After some further discussion, the motion to refer the matter to the Finance and Legal Committee -fita a&egted.
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