The departure of Simon Calvert from the Chamber of Commerce is a loss for our city.
Simon engaged with the council in his advocacy for business development and I enjoyed debates with him.
I wish him well and thank him for his efforts.
Nevertheless, he (and the council) must set out clearly for ratepayers the sums of money that have been spent, and will shortly be spent, in the further development of the city centre.
Simon is wrong when he says I advocate ‘‘sitting on the sidelines’’ in relation to the city centre expenditure (Letters, November 30). I have supported heavy investment over a period of 20 years but believe that we must ask ourselves who pays and who benefits.
The heavy advertising the council undertakes to convince ratepayers that all is well cuts no ice with me: the rates in Porirua City are excessive and there is no credible plan to adjust them downward. - ROBERT SHAW,