In reply to Rosemary Morton, I am finding it really hard to come to terms with your complaint regarding the Plimmerton Fire Station siren.
That dreadful siren as you call it has saved and still does save so many lives. As a child 55 years ago the sound of the siren was exciting and it was a big thrill to watch all the volunteers arriving at the station, lights flashing for a call out. Every Saturday at 12 o’clock the siren would be tested and many a child would rush home knowing they should have been home for lunch.
I have found it just so comforting to know that it still brings volunteers together to fight fires, attend road accidents, heart attack victims and in the past manpower to look for a lost child.
I find it awful that as an adult I would object to the siren solely on the premise that it occasionally wakes you up. I wonder if Rosemary would still object if it was her family or friends needing the services of the volunteer brigade and the siren was the fastest way to get the man power needed to help.
Plimmerton is a beautiful village and I think the fire station and the siren is part and parcel of the character of the village.
SUSAN MACGREGOR, Porirua. known that CPI for the year ended December 31, 2011, was 1.8 per cent. For the year ended March 31, 2012, the CPI had dropped to 1.6 per cent and was being forecasted to drop to 1 per cent by the end of the year.
On page 5 of the draft plan, council state that the average rate increase for 2012/13 will be 3.2 per cent. Not only has this increase been predicated on inflated inflation of 2.7 per cent but they have also added the 0.5 per cent growth factor into the rates for existing ratepayers.
If the current inflation of 1.6 per cent is used the average rates increase should be no more than 1.6 per cent, not twice the rate of inflation that they have announced. All of this leads one to conclude that ratepayers are being misled by smoke and mirrors or by double dipping or by creative accounting or by obfuscation, Ratepayers, you judge which one, if not all of the above applies.
ALLAN BLOOFIELD, Pauatahanui couple of weeks a crew of around a dozen workers employed to dig up and tear out perfectly good flowering plants from all of the city centre’s roundabouts and replace them with new seedlings.
Surely this is an exercise carried out far too often and an unnecessary expense to the city’s ratepayers?
I personally would prefer the money being spent more wisely elsewhere, say in the areas where budget cuts have been announced such as the removal of rubbish bins.
I’d also like to know the fate of said plants that have been needlessly removed, are they re-cycled or just binned as green waste? I appreciate that plants are seasonal but if they are still putting on an impressive show why the need to replace them so often?
I’d say the waste lies in the hands of whose who make these decisions, or is it just a case of keeping jobs for the boys? ANGELA DALEY, Titahi Bay.