Not a fan of the coun­cil

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

The re­sponse given by mayor Nick Leggett to ques­tions about a pro­posed rates rise of over 5 per cent on the 2ZB Break­fast Show (May 21) beg­gars be­lief.

To sug­gest the rea­son lies with the high num­ber of 17-year-olds who need to have pro­vided for them nu­mer­ous sports fa­cil­i­ties is an­other copout for a coun­cil that has failed to ser­vice the needs of res­i­dents.

Many 17-year-olds I am in touch with in Can­nons Creek and Wai­tan­girua can­not af­ford to pay the fees to en­able them to use fa­cil­i­ties such as Te Rau­paraha Arena and the two swim­ming pools.

There are no free skate­board venues in Ti­tahi Bay, de­spite re­quests from young people.

Ours is a city where young people sleep un­der the bridges, where there will soon be no emer­gency hous­ing, noth­ing avail­able for sin­gle young men, where the is­sue of drug ad­dic­tion is not be­ing ac­cepted as a le­git­i­mate need for the coun­cil to be con­cerned about.

The coun­cil re­fuses to ac­cept the re­spon­si­bil­ity for its al­most to­tal lack of man­age­ment and care of the city-owned Ti­tahi Bay Com­mu­nity Hall and is at­tempt­ing to force a sense of guilt on ben­e­fi­cia­ries to pay for its up­grade – other­wise the coun­cil will de­mol­ish it.

This same tac­tic is be­ing used to shift fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity for the res­ur­rec­tion of the re­tail area un­der the Canopies on to the strug­gling vol­un­tary sec­tor in­stead of ad­mit­ting the fail­ure of the coun­cil ‘s strat­egy of buy­ing the re­tail build­ings, de­mand­ing ex­ces­sive rents, of­fer­ing no vi­able long-term so­lu­tions and oblig­ing re­tail­ers to find al­ter­na­tive space in the com­pet­i­tive so-called Mega Cen­tre.

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