Make do PCC

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

21st Cen­tury.

Can’t we do some­thing else but cause noise pol­lu­tion and put me and oth­ers in a po­si­tion to have bro­ken sleep and po­ten­tial for heart at­tacks?

I have been told this is to save any prob­a­ble ac­ci­dents and lives. I don’t agree; if some­one wants to walk in front of a train a loud noise will not stop them.

Peo­ple are ed­u­cated that you are not to be on, near or at a train track. Bar­ri­ers and bells should be enough.

I hear some of you say ‘move’. Why should I, I hear some say why did you move there in the first place? We are away from the train track but on a hill so the sound trav­els to our house. But there are peo­ple whose houses are right be­side the track. Please help me out how do you live with this?

The train as a noise is a noise you get used to, but the long loud horn sound – no!

Please if you have any re­ally help­ful ad­vice or help on how I can pur­sue this fur­ther with Ki­wirail or the Gov­ern­ment please give me the info. I still feel very strongly that this is a re­ally an­ti­quated prac­tice and needs to be changed. NIKKI O’BRIEN, Tawa.

(Abridged) Young fam­i­lies with in­creas­ing mort­gage and in­sur­ance charges, and other in­creases in the daily cost of liv­ing,and pen­sion­ers on fixed in­comes will be most ap­pre­cia­tive of this ex­cel­lent ini­tia­tive.

I ap­pre­ci­ate that im­ple­men­ta­tion of the strat­egy will mean con­sid­er­able belt­tight­en­ing for ev­ery­one. Ser­vices will have to be re­duced – some might even be cut – and in­ter­nal coun­cil costs will also have to be re­duced. There will no doubt be some pain, but I pre­dict the strat­egy will be warmly wel­comed by all city ratepay­ers. The coun­cil’s draft Long Term Plan, con­tain­ing the rates pro­posal, will be pub­lished in April for con­sul­ta­tion. Let’s all take that op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide our in­put and help the coun­cil make it work.

T H J KNIGHT, Pa­pakowhai. Ed­i­tor, We don’t need a new PCC head of­fice. Just look how well Christchurch coun­cil and busi­nesses have coped and they have had the added prob­lem of lost in­fra­struc­ture too.

Por­ta­cab­ins and ship­ping con­tain­ers on the old Chal­lenge petrol sta­tion site, plus use of some of the empty CBD build­ings ratepay­ers al­ready own, will do coun­cil staff just fine un­til the new Welling­ton su­per coun­cil is cre­ated.

PCC man­age­ment will rec­om­mend, and coun­cil­lors will ap­prove, multi-mil­lion dol­lar loans for a new, grandiose head of­fice.

Many PCC man­agers live out­side Porirua, so what do they care if our rates in­crease. And for coun­cil­lors, do they have chil­dren and grand­chil­dren who will be sad­dled with the debt, or do their fam­i­lies al­ready wisely live out­side Porirua? seem full of the new units but they are seen in ser­vice rel­a­tively in­fre­quently. I and oth­ers have wit­nessed them break­ing down be­tween sta­tions at times and the driv­ers of these units say there are sev­eral tech­ni­cal prob­lems to over­come be­fore they will be in re­li­able gen­eral ser­vice.

The GWRC has a large com­mu­ni­ca­tions team and I be­lieve their best ef­forts should now be di­rected to hon­estly com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the public re­gard­ing the ac­tual causes for the de­lay in bring­ing these fine units into ser­vice, and when we the public can ex­pect to be rid­ing in them on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

The GWRC may per­haps find this kind of hon­esty a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence – but they will also find it is good for the soul.


Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil, who re­ceive part of our rates, de­cided not enough peo­ple were us­ing the bus – so off it goes.

I do not drive a car and re­lied on the bus. I am in my 82nd year and now have to use taxis. Good­bye to my Gold­card. I was lucky to be en­ti­tled to re­ceive a to­tal mo­bil­ity taxi­card but even so, it is cost­ing me much more.

Surely as Porirua coun­cil must be re­ceiv­ing a great amount of rate money from Ranui Heights, they should make sure there is a re­li­able bus ser­vice for house­holds in the area, not the fi­asco we had for a short time of ring­ing one be­fore­hand to book a place on a bus three times a day go­ing down and three times com­ing back. Ob­vi­ously peo­ple did not find this con­ve­nient. This was set up to fail.

L THOM­SON, Ranui Heights.

AN­DREW WELLUM, Cam­borne.

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