Bus shel­ter

Marlborough Express - - COMMENT&OPINION -

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.

Alan Hall

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?

Jenny Mox­ham

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.

Ed­ward Berry


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