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The fail­ure to find the ex­tra finance to in­clude a stage and wings for the pro­posed Mata­mata Civic Cen­tre cer­tainly struck a chord with read­ers in re­cent weeks. As did our story on the park­ing woes of busi­nesses op­er­at­ing on Broad­way. First­term coun­cil­lor Kevin Tap­pin fo­cusses much of his elec­tion cam­paign on find­ing the money to add a stage and wings to the plans of the new cen­tre. The fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions he made were un­suc­cess­ful but he con­tin­ues to look for other av­enues to raise the money needed. Some read­ers have called out the coun­cil to fund the ad­di­tions but that cost could be passed on to ratepay­ers. When it comes to park­ing, peo­ple have told us it’s the heavy ve­hi­cles com­ing into town caus­ing the prob­lems, clog­ging the main street mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for traf­fic to flow. Per­haps this will put the sub­ject of a heavy-ve­hi­cle by­pass back on the coun­cil’s agenda this year.

Lawrence Gullery

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