Essential services only
‘‘Tell us your thoughts,’’ says the mayor of Porirua [Letters, Kapi-mana News, April 3].
Unfortunately ratepayers have done just that through submissions, community meetings and letters for many years. Even when an overwhelming number of us have been against large spending projects, the council has never taken a blind bit of notice. They have ignored our pleas and wasted our money.
Consultation should be a two-way street, not a PR exercise. Toilet facilities, rubbish collection, cleaning and libraries are essential services for any city and cutting back on them makes a huge difference to the wellbeing and quality of life of all those who frequent it.
The costs for these basic services are small compared to the costs of consultants, marketing and promotion, all of which are very costly and their value cannot be assured.
Do we really want 10,000 more people living in Porirua? That would put a lot more pressure on the infrastructure which is badly in need of upgrading.
Mr Leggett suggests other residents will be more constructive and positive than myself but I doubt they will be ratepayers with experience of PCC’S past record.
A better idea would be to sell off the real estate the council has so rashly bought without consultation, forget about an artificial turf for Ascot Park and leave the city centre alone.
ANNE PERRY, Titahi Bay. of the side streets is a nightmare as it is impossible to see if there is anything coming due to the inconsiderate parking of visiting vehicles.
The police would have a field day if they bothered to turn out when called.
I think I can confidently say I am speaking on behalf of most residents of Ascot Park when I say a resolution to the parking problem needs to be reached before any synthetic sports field is installed. RAEWYN ESTREICH-SMITH,
Ascot Park. March 20, page 5. I agree that the intersection is confusing but also consider it to be potentially dangerous.
I concur that the situation as presented in the article is correct based on the published picture. Roadworks may have been done between the time of going to press and and me passing the intersection on March 22. However, the picture in the paper does not reflect the true situation of the intersection.
The top of the triangle on the Tawa side has a painted white broken line from the top of the triangle to the kerb on the left. This being the case, motorists travelling along Kenepuru Dr and turning left into Raiha St will need to cross over this painted white broken line.
Does this not mean that they are entering another road and need to give way to traffic already using the road? The motorist who is turning left from Kenepuru Dr into Raiha St and crossing the broken white line must give way to the motorist who turned right from Kenepuru Dr into Raiha St and is already proceeding on Raiha St.
If yes: The article is incorrect, thus adding to the already confusing intersection, and the colour of the right of way direction indicators as published needs to be inverted.
If there is an accident at this intersection, who takes the blame and responsibility?
The press for providing the information for the use of the intersection as from March 25? The motorist for not observing the road markings?
If no: Can an article be printed as to the road rules pertaining to painted white broken lines? It will be appreciated if my concern is investigated with the appropriate feedback.
RICHARD BALEJKO, Tawa.
The corespondent is correct. Unknown to us at the time, the road markings had been changed to include a broken white line, thus altering the right of way for vehicles turning into Raiha St from Kenepuru Dr.
The intersection was flagged to us by the city council as a potential ‘‘hot spot’’ but we were not aware the road markings were being changed, therefore making the aerial photograph and the diagram out-of-date and misleading. Any confusion is regretted. Motorists should follow the rules of the road markings, motorists turning left from Kenepuru into Raiha St must yield to drivers who have turned right and are, essentially, already on Raiha St – Editor.
I am sure I was not the only one awakened from deep sleep – and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who did not get back to sleep again. Come on, guys! At least do not use it at night. This is not the first time this has happened. ROSEMARY MORTON,
Plimmerton. There has been much criticism about Mayor Leggett and his throw away ‘‘P-town’’ comment. I say: Fantastic. Good on you Mayor Leggett for saying this. It got people talking about us and very positively – the Dom Post had several positive articles and opinion pieces about our fantastic city. We all know that we don’t want Porirua to be known as P-town, especially our energetic young mayor. But it did start people talking about us and in a positive way – so all good, I say.
SHERYN SIMPSON, Porirua. actually shut down my whole account. A total stranger paid for my goods. Porirua City has kind and caring people and we can feel proud about that.
G M BROWN, Paremata. of ‘‘average’’ or ‘‘build’’. Will the draft LTP prove to be just as misleading in regard to its 314 pages?
BRIAN COLLINS, Papakowhai. means that the two are not often getting in the way of the other, either skaters using the court to gap into, or basketballers losing their balls up onto the park. It seems somewhat ill-thought-out then, to put them closer to each other and not only this, but the basketball court is taking up a large percentage of the skatepark, from what i can tell a good of it . . .’’ Andy: ‘‘As a regular user of Adventure Park, I have seen very few kids out having fun at the current skatepark and plenty of teenage losers hanging round, of the type you really dont want your own kids anywhere near. This is just a place for delinquents and moving it 200m ain’t gonna make any difference.’’