Venue was the problem
I write with regard to your coverage of the Have Your Say on Wellington and district public transport meeting held on April 16, and the subsequent letter from Alan Wickens (April 29).
My reason for not attending was not just the weather, though it was a factor. The real reason so few people attended was the venue.
Some people I spoke to on the buses did not even know where Gear Homestead was.
Whoever chose this venue has obviously never used public transport to get there.
To get to Gear Homestead from Cannons Creek involves two bus trips. Firstly the 220 bus from Cannons Creek at 6.19pm arriving Warspite Ave opposite Tairangi School at 6.27pm, wait at a bus stop with no shelter for the 230 bus at 7.15pm, arriving at Aotea College by 7.22pm, and walk in the dark to the Homestead.
Alternatively, you could do a 25-minute walk from Desert Gold bus stop to Gear Homestead.
How I would have got home was another story.
People living in Titahi Bay or Tawa would have needed to take either a bus or train to Porirua and then the 230 bus.
I was appalled that anyone would waste ratepayers’ money choosing this venue for a public transport meeting. Maybe more people would have attended if it had been held in Pataka.