Make do PCC
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.
JOHN BURKE, Mana.
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.