I have been a member of the co-op for many, many years, and value the principles and philosophy that it has brought to food, local farmers and nutrition.
Sadly, the co-op seems to have lost its way when it comes to the new building.
It seems there is no local architect, builder or heritage values being brought to the design and development.
At a recent eco-fair in Nelson last month, many of the people involved in local sustainable construction had an idea that what is required for building is the same as we hold dear for our food supply — the 100 mile diet.
I urge co-op members and other supporters to consider the idea of a 100 mile construction project — local skilled crafts people as well as local materials should be used to every extent possible in this project.
At the same time Nelson’s valued heritage buildings should also be honoured in the design.