NOT THE PLACE
Have a thought Mr C (and Twentyman’s directors) for the small business operators who have put their necks on the line to start a business at often great stress and financial difficulty accompanied by long hours and hard work and employees who are also making a living from these ventures.
A significant amount of these cafes, bars and restaurants have outdoor dining/courtyards and street tables
Why on earth would you consider compromising them?
The building you have purchased would be more of an asset if it was converted to apartments (historic on the outside and amazing on the inside with those exposed roof beams) and would help with the housing shortage in Thames.
Whether people be ‘‘newbies’’ or long term residents/ratepayers, has no bearing on the crematorium debate - these are people who care about the future of Thames.
If people didn’t oppose specific things, where would we be today?
As for the Gutsful program showing a crematorium in town with two food venues nearby, this just shows the problem in town of density and why should Thames repeat the same mistakes when there is the opportunity to do it right the first time.
It is too hard and expensive to rectify problems once they have been created.
A crematorium in the Grahamstown CBD is not part of the heritage right of Twentyman’s just because funerals have taken place for 150 odd years (crematoriums have not).
A crematorium should be in a place of peace and most are located within cemetery grounds with plenty of space.
And as for the estimated 170 cremations per year - we all know the population is increasing - more people are dying - and then there are the extras - pet cremations.
What if there is a severe contagious virus outbreak (or similar) where many people die and the crematorium is overloaded (quite a possibility the way things are going) - do we really want this in town?
Glenda Farman, Miranda
mandel Mayor) Sandra Goudie go on Newshub (Tuesday, July 25) and tell the nation that ‘‘slips are the biggest issue facing our region’’.
Pro-goldmining politicians such as Ms Goudie and Coromandel Minister of Placation Scott Simpson will say any inane thing to distract attention away from the devious treachery being practiced by the Government as it joins with Oceana Gold in taking TCDC to court (with taxpayer money) to drastically loosen mining restrictions across the Coromandel.
If the plans of this unholy alliance come to fruition, it would be as easy to start mining as it is to build a second property on a rural subdivision.
If mining goes ahead as National and Oceana Gold desire, it won’t matter how many slips there are on the roads.
Gargantuan power pylons, acid mine drainage- poisoned waterways, toxic tailings dams, and giant open pits aren’t tourist attractions.
We need to remind the aforementioned politicians that it is the best interests of their constituents they are meant to be defending, not those of Oceana Gold.
Brian P. Walsh Whitianga