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The fu­ture of the Peter Petersen water foun­tain out­side the Mata­mata Civic Cen­tre con­tin­ues to gen­er­ate de­bate. Sev­eral ob­jec­tors have un­wisely taken to Face­book to give their ver­sion of events over the past few weeks. Some of the com­ments made have been un­pro­fes­sional, in my view, and have not helped to move the mat­ter to res­o­lu­tion. On our Chron­i­cle Neigh­bourly page how­ever, de­bate on the mat­ter has been much more civilised, mainly be­cause to com­ment on this plat­form peo­ple have to use their real names, ver­i­fied through the sign-up process. There­fore feed­back tends to be a lot more mea­sured and sen­si­ble. And com­ments we’ve had on the foun­tain via Neigh­bourly have al­lowed peo­ple to speak out, for and against, the pro­posal to de­mol­ish the foun­tain. The hys­te­ria built up in re­cent weeks to save the foun­tain hasn’t stopped more in­formed ratepay­ers ques­tion­ing the longterm costs of keep­ing the foun­tain.

Lawrence Gullery

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