La­goon al­ways in use

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

Silly state­ments such as Aotea La­goon is un­der­used and run down ( Kapi-Mana News, web com­ments, July 10) need to be chal­lenged. I drive past the la­goon daily at var­i­ous times, week­days and week­ends, and I can tell you fac­tu­ally that it’s al­ways in use. It’s good to see such a solid level of community ac­tiv­ity oc­cur­ring, day and evening, wet and fine, 365 days of the year. It’s a credit to the coun­cil who main­tain it.

How­ever, not such a credit is the com­mer­cial pro­posal they are en­ter­tain­ing as be­ing es­tab­lished at the la­goon. All power to this com­mer­cial ven­ture but if it has such a com­pelling busi­ness case be­hind it, then let it buy its own piece of land and set it up?

Why should such a ven­ture be able to lever­age off what the Porirua ratepayer has paid for? A big­ger con­cern is once it is built and later fails, as all these fun things al­ways do as peo­ple move on to the next ‘‘big thing’’, it will be the ol’ ratepayer who has to pick up the dis­man­tling bill. You can’t hope for much of a con­tri­bu­tion from a liq­ui­dated com­pany.

NEIL CAMP­BELL, Pare­mata

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