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Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

I have picked up on the re­ac­tions for and against the coun­cil’s spend­ing of $1 mil­lion­plus on some land in Queens Ave – mostly by peo­ple who don’t live near Queens Ave.

As one of the re­tired codger­atti and hav­ing lived near Queens Ave for 35 years I of­fer the fol­low­ing:

The pur­chase of this land is of no ben­e­fit to Plim­mer­to­ni­ans. Most of the pop­u­la­tion is north of the vil­lage cen­tre and there is plenty of ac­cess to the fore­shore there. It will sup­pos­edly be used by the wider com­mu­nity.

From a purely self­ish Plim­mer­to­nian point of view it would have been more ben­e­fi­cial to have spent the money on some­thing of ben­e­fit to Plim­mer­ton, tidy­ing up the ap­palling en­trance, the raggedy Third World wire fence along the rail­way line, or in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­lo­cat­ing the en­trance to Plim­mer­ton at the north­ern end of Steyne Ave. That’s an idea that’s been around for 30 years or more.

In terms of bet­ter ac­cess to the beach, how does a piece of land three me­tres above the beach be­hind a sea wall pro­vide bet­ter ac­cess? There is a nar­row gut­ted con­crete stair to the beach, (un­us­able at high tide) and un­less ma­jor and ex­pen­sive en­gi­neer­ing works are done to the wall, it’s likely to re­main that way.

The small park at the south­ern end of Steyne Ave is pop­u­lar be­cause it is nom­i­nally at beach level and has a con­nec­tion with the beach, and even at high tide there is still ac­ces­si­ble beach. Not so at Queens Ave.

This could be­come a mostly de­serted park like the one on the south side of Queens Ave, which as an ac­tive com­mu­nity re­cre­ation pic­nic spot is a spec­tac­u­lar flop.

The coun­cil should con­sider sell­ing it to claw back some money. It would be a great spot for the li­brary and cof­fee bar.

KEVIN CLARK, Plim­mer­ton.

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