Ques­tions for Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Good on Tim Shep­pard for ques­tion­ing the 4 per cent rise in rates and ask­ing ques­tions.

Democ­racy is a rad­i­cal con­cept in Porirua. The city coun­cil pre­sents the res­i­dents with a fait ac­com­pli and then runs a far­ci­cal meet­ing, tak­ing no no­tice of the opin­ions of the people.

I have yet to meet a sin­gle per­son who wants Porirua to amal­ga­mate with Welling­ton.

Most have lost heart in try­ing to fight it, know­ing no-one will lis­ten.

The coun­cil ex­pects the Ti­tahi Bay boat­shed own­ers to look af­ter the sheds but the dan­ger­ous, ugly con­crete out­side is surely the coun­cil’s re­spon­si­bil­ity since it is on the fore­shore.

I don’t be­lieve clos­ing the Can­nons Creek pool is wise. Chil­dren need to learn to swim.

Save money by can­celling that ridicu­lous clos­ing off of the main beach to cars dur­ing sum­mer.

It means people do not swim in safety in front of the surf club and chil­dren run in and out of cars and boats, which are of­ten four deep at the south end.

For­get about sports fa­cil­i­ties. We have more than enough.

Pro­vide street light­ing to the whole area, trim all the trees on the streets, not just the ones in the CBD. Fix the foot­paths and roads prop­erly so they are safe to walk on.

Oh, I for­got, much of Porirua doesn’t have foot­paths. Edi­tor’s note: A let­ter with Anne Perry’s name was printed last week, but be­cause of a pro­duc­tion er­ror, did not con­tain the words she wrote. This is the cor­rect let­ter. We apol­o­gise to her.

I sug­gest a com­pe­ti­tion be opened invit­ing people with dig­i­tal/sci­ence/tech­ni­cal smarts to come up with ideas leading to so­lu­tions.

The prizes of­fered should en­cour­age putting on the think­ing cap.

It could be an idea to have coun­cil mem­bers visit our schools at least once a year with suit­able ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial to grab the in­ter­est of our stu­dents.

The coun­cil of­fi­cials’ mes­sage would be that the health of our wa­ter­ways de­pends on ev­ery one of us, so that we may en­joy play times on and around our har­bour.

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