Un­happy with city coun­cil

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

caused by the Sal­va­tion Army, but by lazy peo­ple who had dumped beds, linen, clothes, soiled nap­pies, rot­ting food scraps and beer bot­tles.

It had rained on Sun­day, so it all had to be put in a skip bin, which filled it to over­flow­ing. This sort of thing hap­pens each Mon­day.

Do peo­ple re­alise how much it costs to have it taken away? The han­dling takes time and ef­fort that should be put to bet­ter use, such as pick-ups and de­liv­er­ies.

If you want to do­nate, take it in the front door and hand it over. Don’t hide be­hind the build­ing and dump your rub­bish. I felt com­pelled to write about re­cent coun­cil de­ci­sions re­gard­ing fund­ing and plan­ning.

It is hard to be­lieve that af­ter 18 years of pro­vid­ing a valu­able com­mu­nity ser­vice and gain­ing awards along the way, Mana Re­cov­ery has been placed in re­ceiver­ship ow­ing to a loss of fund­ing by the dis­trict health board.

The coun­cil has rep­re­sen­ta­tion on that board. Was a de­fence put up?

The im­pli­ca­tion of the clo­sure

will be felt from an en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial per­spec­tive.

Sec­ond, I note the de­ci­sion by coun­cil to put the Porirua Mar­ket con­tract out to ten­der.

I live and work in our com­mu­nity and know the good work that the Li­ons club puts into the mar­ket, for lit­tle or no re­ward.

Con­trast th­ese two worth­while com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives with re­cent coun­cil de­ci­sions:

The $185,000 cost of the city’s en­try in the gi­ga­town com­pe­ti­tion, in which we failed to progress to the fi­nal rounds.

The de­ci­sion to buy the post of­fice build­ing at a cost of $570,000. The build­ing will re­quire money spent on earth­quake strength­en­ing. Has a fea­si­bil­ity study been car­ried out or is this an­other wish list idea based on some­one’s vi­sion of gen­tri­fy­ing Porirua City cen­tre?

A coun­cil is an elected body that should be of the peo­ple and for the peo­ple. When worth­while com­mu­nity pro­grammes are dumped and ‘‘blue sky’’ think­ing is em­ployed there can be only one out­come – the few will ben­e­fit at the cost to the many.

They are all so ded­i­cated. Where will peo­ple take things for last re­spect? Put the mod­ern world on hold.

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