It was a case of Council rules not quite aligning with the local community perspective.
After Grumpy Cat was removed, there was an outcry from locals. The Central Leader was over-run with letters calling for the return of Grumpy Cat. People said that an attractive mural like GC was far better than a drab grey wall, which inevitably invites tagging.
The good news is that Watercare, who are responsible for the reservoir, responded to this community pressure by opening the door a little, saying that they would consider a proposal from the Local Board to have another mural on the reservoir.
In response to this, we have put together a Notice of Motion for tomorrow night's Board meeting that:
- Gives the Board's in-principle support for a new mural to go up
- Says that we will consult with the community and iwi about what that might look like
- Then, go to Watercare with the proposal.