Field fees

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

Isth­mus sports clubs are right to feel hard done by, in hav­ing to pay fees for sports fields that clubs in other parts of Auck­land don’t pay ( Cen­tral Leader, May 22).

The as­ser­tion of the lo­cal and sports parks manager that lo­cal boards sup­ported this in­equity is in­cor­rect.

Rather, one of our boards was promised in a 2011 re­port that a study of costs per play was ‘‘near­ing com­ple­tion’’ and that this in­for­ma­tion ‘‘will help in­form pending pol­icy work on sports field user charges, and whether th­ese will be re­moved to­tally, or stan­dard­ised across the re­gion’’.

There was not even a men­tion of a promised re­view in the re­ports to the other boards.

Had we been in­formed at the time that the clubs in our area were be­ing un­fairly charged rel­a­tive to oth­ers, our re­sponse would have been ex­actly as it is now – this must stop!

Shale Cham­bers Chair­man, Waitem­ata Lo­cal

Board Des­ley Simp­son Chair­woman, Orakei Lo­cal


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