Porirua looking decidedly dowdy
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.