Footy club’s wait over

Cambridge Football Club’s lease on the 12.7ha it uses on the Town Belt has been extended another five years.

It could not be any longer because Waipā council staff are working on a new sports field lease model review which would change the way the council manages publicly owned sports fields in the district.

Property advisor Angela McEwan said the club’s lease expired two years ago on June 30 and under the new agreement would go through to the same date in 2027.

The club has occupied the reserve since 1948 and use the grounds 50 weeks of the year for football and cricket.

It owns all the buildings on site and recently spent thousands of dollars developing two football playing fields, including the number one ground used by the Reds, its first division side which currently leads the Northern Region Football southern conference with 18 points. The Reds won their first round match in the prestigious Chatham Cup competition on Saturday beating Papakura City 8-5 in extra time at McLennan Park, Auckland.

The annual rent for the grounds is $1613 plus GST and subject to ministerial consent.

At the same Finance and Corporate meeting recently, the Karāpiro Kayak Racing Club’s lease of 480 sq m at the lake was extended five years, also subject to ministerial consent.

The new $6 annual lease requires the club to remove existing containers and replace them with a more permanent storage facility.

The Cambridge Riding Club will also enter a new 15-year lease at $658 a year for 4.079ha of reserve land in Carlyle Street. While its lease expired on July 1, 2015, the club remained on the land and now has a final expiry date of November 30, 2038.

And proof the property team have been busy, the Riding for Disabled Cambridge Inc also have a new 15-year lease for reserve land it uses on Vogel Street.

The new $863 annual lease will incorporate an adjacent freehold parcel of land and a licence to occupy part of the unformed legal road which bounds the reserve.

The Cambridge Riding for the Disabled arena .

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