FROM THE NEWS DESK
This week’s lead story touches on an issue facing many rural Waikato towns, as people seek to move out of the big cities and into the regions. A developer, Freedom Villages, has proposed a retirement village in Matamata. There’s been an allergic reaction to the plans from some residents, following meetings/ correspondence between the developer and those living around the proposed site on Burwood Rd. One argument is that the style of housing proposed will lower the value of surrounding properties, a point which is open to interpretation and debate. People are also worried the development would come at the loss of the Longlands Farms property, a wellknown and cherished venue, which was highly regarded in the community. Another side to the story is that the development would provide much-needed accommodation for people seeking to retire in Matamata. It’s a story that’s likely to generate much debate and we look forward to your feedback.