We should all wel­come vis­i­tors

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

Last week on Wed­nes­day my friend and I en­joyed our morn­ing cof­fee at a ta­ble out­side O-del-emz on He­tana St and watched the vi­brant hap­pen­ings with great in­ter­est. There were many buses parked on the vil­lage green and the street.

We saw loads of school kids, tourists and vis­i­tors and talked about how won­der­ful it is that they stop off in Mata­mata. We es­ti­mated there were over 200 peo­ple.

Yes, some don’t shop in the lo­cal town, and use the toi­lets for free.

Do you want to charge for this op­por­tu­nity and through it en­cour­age those that do spend in the town to stop else where?

Not ev­ery­one is will­ing to pay for a toi­let stop. This would make us an un­friendly town.

Did you no­tice those in­ter­viewed in Feild­ing on TV1’s Break­fast pro­gramme the morn­ing that Prince Charles was vis­it­ing?

They were all proud of their town and plugged for ‘‘Friendly Feild­ing’’.

Let’s get over the rates in­crease and hap­pily share our town with all those who choose to stop off for a free toi­let stop or to shop.

There is go­ing to be so many more peo­ple coming into Mata­mata now that Hob­biton has had so much press, what would our town be like with­out tourism?

Yes I’m a ratepayer (of more than one prop­erty) and don’t want to pay when I get ‘‘caught short’’ in town. about 15 min­utes giv­ing them no time to ven­ture far.

The lo­cal fruit shop seems to the only one to ben­e­fit.

A much bet­ter so­lu­tion would be to build a fa­cil­ity at the Tower Mu­seum and let them soak in the at­mos­phere up there.

It would be a much bet­ter photo op­por­tu­nity than the back of some uninteresting build­ings which they see now. have to pay.

I think it’s time to change, no won­der so many buses stop off here to use the fa­cil­i­ties.

They think it’s great and they don’t really spend a lot of their money in town any­way. load of peo­ple line up to use it, I would think the first per­son will pay then leave the door open for the next to use so would not be worth the trou­ble and cost for pay machines in this case.

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