COUNCIL BOWLING OBJECTIONS OVER
THE saga of the “bowls strategy” and wave park continues in Melville, with the council's refusal to hear its community or plan sustainably continuing to be demonstrated (“Club to be bowled over”, Melville Times, August 29).
One needs only have a look at the minutes of the special council meeting on August 22.
The representations by a group from the community, arguably with very wide support in the community, is “noted”.
Not a single word of what their representations were about was recorded. They continue to be ignored, with the usual suspects rubber-stamping what they long ago decided.
It is also interesting to note how the community is afforded seven minutes to state its case, while the council had 45 minutes to respond.
Also, if one looks at the process and decisions regarding the future of the Mt Pleasant bowls site, it is easy to see how council continues to control the process and outcome.
The community's rejection of the proposal to move the bowls club and redevelop the site is ignored and we are given merely the alternative development options to choose from.
The community believes it has no choice but to simply accept what the council has decided.
In the process we continue to see our public facilities being closed and bowled over.
And our environment, which we should be ever more concerned to protect, continues to be eroded by a destructive agenda.
We're facing council elections in October and I hope that the community will support fresh faces who will be more responsible, democratic and representative. LOUIS DE VILLIERS Ardross