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.