Porirua look­ing de­cid­edly dowdy

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I write to ex­press my dis­ap­point­ment in the core ser­vices pro­vided by Porirua City Coun­cil.

The story starts with a friend who is look­ing to in­vest in Welling­ton.

Af­ter months of lis­ten­ing to all the good things I would say about Porirua and why I would in­vest here, he de­cided to come down and see for him­self.

Af­ter a quick flight in and a quick cof­fee at home, I de­cided to show him the sites of Porirua.

About 30 sec­onds from the house my friend men­tioned the high weed growth within the kerb and chan­nels, and poorly main­tained road as­sets. I said that was an anom­aly for the mighty city coun­cil.

The day went on with com­ments about such as ‘‘look at the cracked foot­paths’’, ‘‘does the coun­cil ver­ti­cally edge?’’ and so on, I started to no­tice all those is­sues and won­der how other coun­cils fared by com­par­i­son.

I made a quick trip over the hill to Up­per Hutt City and Lower Hutt City and no­ticed a re­mark­able dif­fer­ence.

So Mr Simp­son and Mayor Leggett, I ask you to take a drive around your city and look at your core ser­vices, drive down to Aotea La­goon from the Mana end, Grays Td, Spin­naker Drive, James Cook Drive, Prosser St, Els­don (I could go on) and look at the kerb and chan­nel weeds that have dam­aged the foot­paths.

Take a walk around Whitby and Ti­tahi Bay walk­ways and see the cracked and dam­aged foot­paths that have been left in that state for what seems like a very long time.

Walk around the CBD and look at handrails that could eas­ily be painted to in­crease the look of the city, the lit­ter bins that are old and mis­matched.

My first ques­tion is: where are our rates be­ing spent?

Hope­fully not on new as­sets when the old can­not be main­tained.

My sec­ond ques­tion is: is it your man­agers and as­set man­agers? Have they been around the coun­cil too long and do they need to have a good kick up the back­side or be re­moved com­pletely?

Is Mr Bai­ley the right per­son or is it time he moved on? What­ever is de­cided, please get our as­sets fixed and don’t wait un­til the new fi­nan­cial year.

That would just show that the rates have been badly man­aged.

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