Politicians were tipped off about breaking up the network of 26 regional parks last week and confronted chief operating officer Dean Kimpton and senior park staff late on Thursday.Parks committee chairwoman Christine Fletcher – councillor Mike Lee and mayoral chief of staff Barry Ebert convinced Mr Kimpton to keep the regional parks under one umbrella.
It is understood a plan was well advanced to bundle the regional parks into three geographical units alongside local parks to create operational and cost efficiencies.
The parks recreation and sport committee knew nothing about the plan nor did Mayor Len Brown.
‘It was complete arrogance. They had no mandate for it. It reeks of a council management out of control’ a source said.