Cover whole beach
A question of resource consent by Brian Warburton to the Porirua City Council regarding excavation by machinery on Titahi Bay beach highlights the problem with the council’s new beach management plan.
Unlike its neighbours, PCC has failed to exercise its power to invoke a bylaw covering the whole beach which incorporates Greater Wellington Regional Council coastal rules.
Instead, the PCC plan creates an invisible boundary in the sand, part-way down the beach at meanhigh-water-spring tide level.
Below the line GWRC has strict rules on beach grooming, motor vehicles, and so on. Above the line PCC has no rules.
How are earthmoving contractors to know when they have crossed the line? What future is there for the 100,000-year-old fossilised forest that is regularly exposed?
What could Mayor Leggett have been thinking when, as committee chairman, he recommended this plan? GRAEME EBBETT, Titahi Bay
Residents Assn chairman. market dropping in value?
I would think that if we pay rates on what our property is worth and the value drops, then so should our rates. Whoops, think I was dreaming there.
Rates will go up, which to me is double-dipping. Few of us get annual pay rises to offset rising rates and other costs, and yet each year it’s listed how much councillors get. Stop the excuses and think of us – hardworking people trying to get by. KATHY WHITTAKER, Elsdon.
(Letter abridged) Leggett’s means test and be regarded as genuine.
By implication, any of the residents not able to pass a means test — euphemism for a poverty test – would not be genuine in terms of Mr Leggett’s thinking. The way Moana Court can provide for their social and physical needs, which are just as significant, would not be available to them.
The residents are not enjoying advantages at the community’s expense. The revenue from Moana Court is $104,104 every year. Last year there was a budgeted surplus of $38,764.04 and a 6.09 per cent return on investment. Moana Court more than pays for itself.
Nick Leggett should take the lead and make a firm commitment to retaining Moana Court, putting an end to the stress and uncertainty about costs, an end to speculation about not being able to run the place, and stop running the council business about it behind closed doors.
DAVE FLETCHER, Titahi Bay.