Not a fan of the council
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.