War Memorial Arch - Bulls Library November 11, 2016 Listen Open Letter to the Bulls Communtiy It has come to our attention that some members of the Bulls community believe the RangitikeiDistrict Council intends demolishing or removing the World War 1 Memorial arch on the front ofthe Bulls Library building. This is not true. There is no plan, nor has there been any plan, to demolish or remove theMemorial. The proposed Bulls Community Centre, if constructed, would mean the Library building was nolonger needed. The Bulls Town Centre Plan, which was developed through a communityengagement process in 2014 and then adopted by Council, proposes the demolition of the librarybuilding, but the retention of the Memorial arch. The intention being that the library sitebecomes a public park, with the Memorial arch being a central feature. The Memorial arch is protected by a national Historic Place Category 2 listing. This means thatthe Memorial cannot be demolished or removed, or even moved on the site, without approvalfrom Heritage New Zealand, the national body charged with protecting and preserving ourhistoric heritage. The Rangitikei District Plan stipulates that a resource consent will be required if the Memorial isever relocated, and community consultation would be a key requirement before any suchconsent was issued. We give you our assurance that it is Council’s intention to retain the Memorial arch, and that anyplans for turning the library site into a public park will be developed in conjunction with the Bullscommunity, and that the ongoing protection and preservation of the Memorial arch will becentral to those plans.