Kapi-Mana News - - LETTERS -

Leggett could have backed a re­ac­tionary Tory pol­icy.

Their cham­pi­oning of the su­percity was un­prin­ci­pled. They did not have a man­date for their po­si­tion.

Now the pro­ject has come to grief against the good sense of the public, they have egg on their faces. or­gan­i­sa­tions. The Porirua coun­cil could freeze rates for two or three years by halt­ing non-core spend­ing, sell land and build­ings bought for the CBD re­de­vel­op­ment, and sell other non-core land, build­ings and as­sets.

Mayor Nick Leggett has said ‘‘we will con­tinue to am­ble along’’ and ‘‘won’t be com­pet­ing’’.

News flash Mr Mayor: If you want to at­tract peo­ple and busi­nesses to Porirua, get coun­cil spend­ing and in­fra­struc­ture main­te­nance un­der con­trol, and re­quire the coun­cil to col­lab­o­rate with busi­nesses and res­i­dents, so we can boast na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive rates, good core in­fra­struc­ture and an at­ti­tude of ‘‘how can we as­sist?’’

Ev­ery ratepayer dol­lar spent on the CBD re­de­vel­op­ment, is one less dol­lar to spend on roads, foot­paths, sew­er­age, drains, li­braries, parks and play­ing fields.

Tracy John­son, Cham­ber of Com­merce ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, is quoted as say­ing, ‘‘Our mem­bers be­lieve . . . the cur­rent lo­cal gov­ern­ment model must change to sup­port im­proved lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion and bet­ter qual­ity lead­er­ship.’’

Didn’t our coun­cil­lors do the op­po­site in sup­port­ing amal­ga­ma­tion?

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