Tawa foot­ballers miss­ing out

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

The res­i­dents of Tawa will be saddened to learn that Wellington City is propos­ing to with­draw fund­ing for the ar­ti­fi­cial pitch that was promised in ear­lier years (Fe­bru­ary 4).

Many will not be sur­prised that once again Tawa had been sac­ri­ficed. Equally, it would not be sur­pris­ing if those funds are now used to pro­vide even more fa­cil­i­ties in the south­ern and east­ern wards, where the num­ber of fa­cil­i­ties far ex­ceeds those in the north­ern ward.

It is a sad in­dict­ment on Wellington City Coun­cil that very few of the Tawa foot­ball games can be held in Tawa.

Red­wood Park sim­ply can­not cope with win­ter con­di­tions.

Lyn­d­hurst Park is a won­der­ful fa­cil­ity, but the coun­cil’s pol­icy of block can­cel­la­tion with­out as­cer­tain­ing pitch con­di­tion means it is of­ten un­nec­es­sar­ily closed.

The coun­cil’s con­sul­tant rec­om­mends dis­cus­sion with Porirua City Coun­cil to en­sure that there is no ‘‘over-sup­ply’’ of ar­ti­fi­cial pitches.

That sug­gests that Porirua City Coun­cil should con­tinue to sub­sidise sports fa­cil­i­ties for 15,000 of Wellington City’s res­i­dents and that two ar­ti­fi­cial pitches in the com­bined Poriru­aTawa area are an over-sup­ply.

This brings into the ques­tion the va­lid­ity of the re­port and the au­thor.

I urge all of Tawa to unite and force the Wellington City Coun­cil to re­verse this pro­posal.

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