Cover whole beach

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

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.

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