Es­sen­tial ser­vices only

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‘‘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.’’

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