Hands off our li­brary

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

In re­gard to li­brary hours be­ing re­duced at Can­nons Creek Li­brary; Gina and Bee, the Can­nons Creek li­brar­i­ans, have an amaz­ing tone within this tiny space.

Pro­grammes are run through­out the school day for schools to take part of. Af­ter school, the li­brary is buzzing with keen, ea­ger chil­dren. Dur­ing the school hol­i­days the li­brary is full on as well, with spe­cial pro­grammes.

This li­brary is the only place in Can­nons Creek that has fax­ing avail­able to the pub­lic and the sell­ing of PCC rub­bish bags. Com­put­ers, print­ers and the in­ter­net is of course also avail­able. The news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines are also well read.

There are a lot of peo­ple who are un­able to travel of­ten into Porirua CBD, so th­ese fa­cil­i­ties be­ing avail­able in Can­nons Creek are cru­cial. This li­brary is also a very im­por­tant meet­ing place, and so­cially has a lot of value.

I was told that not one of our cur­rent Porirua City coun­cil­lors has been into this li­brary. I am very sure that per square me­tre, this is the most highly utilised coun­cil build­ing.

Please, please – do not re­duce th­ese hours and put Can­nons Creek res­i­dents at a dis­ad­van­tage. (abridged)

PEARL FREE­MAN­TLE, Ti­tahi Bay had their fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits from the tax­a­tion poli­cies of this Gov­ern­ment.

KEN RAE, Cam­borne aside to pro­tect the safety of other (ratepay­ing) swim­mers util­is­ing their re­source?

Risks to the coun­cil it­self pre­sum­ably in­clude an as­sur­ance as to on­go­ing wa­ter qual­ity, some­how fully ab­solv­ing PCC from li­a­bil­ity for venue safety, pos­si­ble park re­in­state­ment in case of ven­ture fail­ure, and pos­si­ble fu­ture scru­tiny of the ini­tial ‘‘con­sul­ta­tion process’’.

Risks at Aotea La­goon surely out­weigh ben­e­fits. An al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tion is re­quired in or­der to save us all from what could only pro­ceed as a fully no­ti­fied con­sent process (more sub­mis­sions, hear­ings and ratepayer cost), and the pos­si­ble in­volve­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment Court.

PAUL CLIB­BORN, Pa­pakowhai

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