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by Chris Tobin

An online survey on options for the future use of 16ha of surplus Highfield Golf Club land will continue until February 7.

The Timaru District Council hosted a drop-in session for the public at the Timaru Town and Country Club last Friday to ascertain public opinion.

Last year the Highfield Golf Club reverted from 18 to nine holes. The club leased the land from the council.

“The combined results of the online survey and the drop-in feedback will be used to prepare a draft concept which will be available for further public comment,” the council’s parks and recreation manager, Bill Steans, said.

Depending on what feedback was received he said a proposal could be presented to the council some time between April and June.

He said the drop-in session went very well, with about 60 people attending.

“Some arrived just before the start and others were there until we were packing up. There was a genuine interest in the future of the site with lots of questions and suggestions being discussed.”

He said some of “the high-level options” included golf, access tracks, planting, stormwater detention areas and recreation activities.

Housing was also one of the options.

“When people arrived they were given two sets of coloured stickers

“When it came to a picture of houses there was one blue dot and the rest of the picture of a house was obscured with two people also writing on their red stickers to make it really clear.”