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GOLF AT DEVONPORT.

THE WAITEMATA CLUFS 05J3J,

FURTHER DISCUSSED BY COTJSCJL

■It will be remembered that at the kit meeting of the Devonport Borons Council a letter from Dr. Gratton Cn|. ness, honorary secretary of the 'Wiitemata Gold Club, asking the Couseu t» lease to the club the cemetery reserra of 17 acres for a period of ten* yews at a rental of £20 an acre, including ratei and taxes, was referred to the LegjJ and Finance Committee to report. On that occasion several Coundllai expressed the opinion that the rent sf. fered was too low and the period to» long for the Council to agree to. Last night the report of the committee wa-s read. It stated that "the committee recommended that consideration of the matter be deferred until after the elections. . '■"'■ \\

Cr. Froude: I want to know why tha committee has deferred considering,-ftj matter. Our instructions to the :cVnn'mittee were to rej>ert either for : oT against the proposal, not to shirk considering it. The Mayor: I understand the commit tee acted under the impression that there will be extensive changes in ths Council after the elections.

Ct. Osborne said he thousht tiai should be taken to give this matter cartful thought and he endorsed the eont mittee's action. This was a very rate able piece of land and in three r'ean? time it would be much more valuable still. He felt that it -was destined in the future to some other use.

Or. Cranch: I don't consider it at iE advisable to accept the offer.

Or. Timewell said it was not a majTj thing for the Council to shirk its duty in such a -matter merely because the? ■were its dyrng hours. If they wersiij animated by such a spirit they woiiSi not have n quorum. To nis mind ihs value of this piece of land was not going to increase quite so fast as was sk lesed. If there was development in the direction of O'Neill's Point, Devonport would have a spr.U. The Club to allow the Council to use three acres as a tip. They must have a tip, and if the site was to be user! for building purposes they would have to go outside tbs borough to tip. They would he safe enough if they sna-dc a counter proposal that the Club pay rates and tixa in addition to rent.

Cr. Froude: That is my idea, and the committee had no business to shetit this matter. I move as an amendment that the matter be referred hack tolhi committee to report.

Cr. McCallum said he was not <B«----appointed at what the committee lai done. A much better offer could he # tamed. Xext to the reserve was firt acres for which £22 ren€al and £? rates was being paid and* the pre3aS offer was simply aV>surd.

The Miivor said they must take inta account the fact that the Club wotW greatly improve the land. They Trip! plousrh it. sow it in grass and remon noxious weeds. They were net arm* pelled to accept any offer, hut tht? should consider the matter oc brosd

Cr. Cranch said the matter had tW3 considered very carefully hv the «W»" mittee. He thought the offer of Club an absurd one.

The amendment was carried

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GOLF AT DEVONPORT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 83, 7 April 1909

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