Hole hearted thanks
So much for the mayor claiming a rates increase of 5.2 per cent for the 2011-2012 year. The Porirua City Council rates assessment for our Whitby property has increased by 8.6 per cent yet the capital value has reduced by $20,000. Greater Wellington Regional Council’s portion of the rates increased by 7.95 per cent!
Sorry, but these sorts of increases are totally unsustainable for the average homeowner. How many households do you know of that are achieving 8 to 9 per cent annual increases in their income to offset these additional living costs, and how come neighbouring suburbs under the jurisdiction of other councils can provide the same services as Porirua for so much less? If the reason is down to the volume of households and shortage of businesses in Porirua, then surely amalgamation is the only way forward as there is only so much juice in the lemon.
PETE JENKINS, Whitby. meeting of the council at the last tenure  she requested that councillors got a pay rise. To Ms Kelly, I say perform first before you ask for such a thing, and this latest tirade of yours certainly tells me you don’t deserve a councillor’s pay rise. Remember the nickname you have in council ranks Ms Kelly, ‘‘3-vote Kelly’’. Remember also you serve the people at your choice – nobody asked you to be a councillor. You can always quit if it doesn’t suit your needs.
WAYNE FLINT, Titahi Bay. Editor,
On Sunday, August 21, my husband and I (along with many others) took a walk along Plimmerton Beach in the lovely winter sunshine.
While walking along Sunset Parade we saw cane chairs put on their sides on the footpath and a few people milling around.
As we got closer we discovered these chairs and people were protecting pedestrians from falling into a deep hole in the footpath. The hole was about half a metre in diameter and we could see the beach through it. We were told the wash out was about two to three metres long under the footpath. Obviously the tides have eroded the stone wall and broken down the footpath structure. We continued our walk and on our return found one man standing guard, waiting on the PCC workmen to come to make the area safe.
I could go on about the dangers that hole in the footpath could have caused – we can all imagine the consequences.
But I want to say thank-you to the gentleman who gave up part of his Sunday afternoon to warn people of the hole.
Thank-you kind gentleman, we certainly appreciated your efforts.