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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

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