Preserve this gem
I hear the Department of Conservation sees no reason not to grant a nine-year lease of Aotea Lagoon to the proposed wakeboard operation.
Presumably this is because they see no value in the property other than its ability to generate income for them. Why should they care what Porirua ratepayers think or what future costs may occur for ratepayers or what amenity loss occurs?
Porirua City Council on the other hand must have regard for these issues and preserve this gem of the Wellington region.
Presumably they will ensure any application for such a lease will be given maximum publicity so ratepayers and residents can have their say.
PCC must also ensure that in the event of the unthinkable granting of such a lease, it contains stringent conditions ensuring all existing amenity activities continue freely without interruption or danger.
Similarly the lessee should, before the start of any work, be required to deposit, with a trust controlled by PCC, a capital sum sufficient to cover the costs of restoring the lagoon to its present state when the wakeboard operation ceases.
There would, of course, be need for restrictions of hours of operation, provision for nonoperation when required for model yachting, fishing competitions and festival events.
Provision of additional parking would also be essential as existing roadside parking is inadequate for existing use, let alone additional use.
I suggest a much more suitable location for a wakepark operation would be the mud-flat alongside Wineera Drive where the building of a weir would create a much larger ‘‘lagoon’’ and put the operation in a place where it would not interfere with existing activities. Martin Holmes,
Papakowhai spending substantial council funds on this project.
Calvert repeatedly failed to answer questions about the alleged need for more retail outlets in Porirua and failed to justify spending large amounts of public money that would benefit a small group of businesspeople and commercial real estate agents.
It is good we now have a mayor indicating he and the council have had a fundamental rethink about the process. The need for council staff to carefully research the likely response from businesses and government departments is acknowledged.
He also affirms that commitments and guarantees from businesses and other employers are necessary before high-risk major financial expenditure is approved. This caution is commendable.
New chief executive Gary Simpson’s promises of progress reports via council’s committees are welcome. Sometimes progress reports get lost in the system or go no further than committees.
Ratepayers deserve to be kept well informed about the city centre proposals, either through council updates or the local press. Ross Piper,
Titahi Bay have a legal responsibility for all local roads and associated berms.
My neighbours and I had the same issue with PCC. After almost a year of a common berm not being mowed, and several complaints later, external contractors finally came and cut it. A stark contrast to the regular monthly cuts it used to receive, with no explanation of why maintenance stopped.
Was there no money budgeted for maintenance of berms? Why not? Our 7 per cent rates increase meant there were very few budget cuts this year, so there is no adequate excuse for PCC to defer maintenance. PCC works operations manager William Middleton responds: Council does not dispute ownership of road berms: they are all in public ownership. For the most part, Porirua’s residents, perhaps for personal or civic pride, are happy to mow their berm. Because most people are willing to do this and prefer not to have to pay (via their rates) for someone else to do it, council does not budget to mow every berm in the city. To do so is very expensive and this would definitely have an impact on rates. million unbudgeted property investment is providing additional revenue after expenses to underwrite rates or not. Dick Renouf,
Each time, the person I speak to writes it down on a pretty pink post-it note and says they will get back to me. Not once have they got back to me.
I just want to know if it will ever get fixed. It is hard enough pulling out of any road in Pukerua Bay with wankers driving well over 50kmh but now one has to avoid gaping holes as well.
What does it take to get a safety issue seen to around here? I hope not an accident. Terence P Conway,
Pukerua Bay PCC Works Operations manager William Middleton responds:
I can only apologise that Mr Conway’s previous requests to council have not resulted in the pothole being repaired.
Normally requests for service that are made to our contact centre are logged for completion within a set time. It appears this one has slipped through the net.
Te Ara Rd is unusual in that it is partly under NZ Transport Agency ownership and partly under council’s. If Mr Conway’s pothole is not in the area council is responsible for, I will ensure it is brought to the attention of the state highway maintenance team.