As a professional builder (now retired) I have spent a big part of my working life working with architects and designers. These people are always instructed by the client and although they add a bit of their own artistic flair the client always has the final say.
Now, the definition of ‘‘shelter’’ in the dictionary is ‘‘a place of refuge’’, ‘‘a place of protection from bad weather’’.
I took advantage of today’s bad weather (Sunday) to visit the structure. There were six poor souls huddled at one end and shaking with the cold. Whilst one end provides a roof, it can hardly be described as a shelter. The glass sides are 300mm short of the ground and fall a long way short of the roof. Two very large openings, approx. 1.5 metres each mean the structure is not providing a reasonable amount of shelter. The wind is howling through it, as one passenger stated ‘‘it is probably draughtier than no shelter’’.
A structure with a large hole in the roof can hardly be termed a structure when it allows the rain to fall on the seating. Was the architect’s instruction to build a cultural icon or a bus shelter? Someone must have approved the design of the folly prior to construction, so to blame the architect is nonsense and unfair to the architect. Whoever signed this off should be ashamed. I would suggest that an acrylic dome to fitted, to cover the hole, which would visually read the same but keep the rain out. Maybe this is in production and yet to be fitted.
The Spring Creek roundabout is another fiasco that should not have happened. Perhaps a lower speed limit and/or traffic lights would have saved huge expense, frustration and loss of income for those businesses affected by it and would have provided the same level of safety for traffic.
Our council are causing themselves a large degree of embarrassment nationally, as both of these projects have been ridiculed on TV. But wait, its not over yet.
An agreement appears to have been entered into between the council and a waste contractor to build a pyrolysis plant on Taylor Pass Road, only metres away from their flagship subdivision, to dispose of the thousands of (CCA) poison treated posts which are a byproduct of the wine industry. We, the unsuspecting public and ratepayers are going to have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund the said contractor to provide a plant which, for our money will only convert the poisons into other forms which will be toxic airborne emissions; tar, ash and charcoal. The poison, mainly arsenic, is a chemical element that cannot be changed in any way. The multiple ovens used are diesel fired, so more pollution.
Our wonderful Wither Hills Farm Park, mountain bike park and river/dam reserves will be only a three-strand wire fence away from the chimneys.
The council hope to sell the charcoal to offset the outlay, but don’t have a buyer, who in their right mind would buy it anyway. If it is burned, the toxic ash produced would require to be disposed of safely at considerable expense. The same applies to the tar and ash. It would need to go to landfill and would be more prone to leachate. I hope that this charcoal product does not become Marlborough’s second most famous export.
I really don’t think that the council have done their homework properly on this and I hope that it doesn’t become an even bigger embarrassment in the media, which it surely will.
Chair, Blenheim Residents and Ratepayers Association do when we see another defenseless animal being abused at lakes. I’m referring to fish.
Victoria Braithwaite, professor of Fisheries and Biology at Penn State University, says the evidence that fish feel pain is as good as any that we have for birds and mammals. And Professor Bill Runciman from Adelaide University says, ‘‘Fish constitute the greatest source of confused thinking and inconsistency on earth at the moment with respect to pain. Isn’t it time we all opened our eyes to the cruelty of fishing?
Monbulk, Victoria that is now the sports field etc. The correct name for this area which includes the sports field, courts, pavilion and the relocated names of the fallen plus the sign on top of the two small pillars etc. is The War Memorial Park as the relocated sign reads.
This sign used to be on two large pillars close to the main road and was erected earlier in memory of the fallen around the time the RSA building was placed down at the far end. It never was called the Domain. Since the early 1950’s, when it was formed, it has been the War Memorial Park. I suspect that some of the use of incorrect place names arises from lack of knowledge or lack of research from the reporters and/or from incorrect information given to them. Even some of the staff of the Marlborough District Council are reporting it wrong. Let people take note and make an effort to get correct reporting in the future.