What should we do with Headon?

Read­ers of­fer their view over whether Headon Sta­dium should be re­paired or de­mol­ished to make way for a new sports com­plex.

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prime ex­am­ple.

They called for sub­mis­sions and gave a clos­ing date and be­fore the clos­ing date a de­ci­sion came out that it was de­cided to give money.

Why was this money given to a sports fa­cil­ity out of Mata­mata when there is ob­vi­ously a des­per­ate need for a good sports sta­dium in Mata­mata?

Re­gard­ing Headon Sta­dium: As per our pre­vi­ous thoughts, which were re­cently pub­lished thank you, we would like to add fur­ther on this. We are sur­prised re­gard­ing Mr McLeod’s (council chief ex­ec­u­tive) com­ments re­gard­ing main­te­nance and re­newal.

He states: ‘‘we do good ba­sic main­te­nance, not em­bel­lish­ments.’’ Not sure what main­te­nance has been done other than paint the graf­fiti off the build­ing. What we would like to know is where has the money been spent in pre­vi­ous years on main­te­nance – surely there was an amount in the bud­gets each year to cover this how­ever from our ob­ser­va­tion there has been lit­tle or no main­te­nance spent over the last four or five years on ba­sic main­te­nance.

To the point where there was a fire one evening which ap­peared to be caused by the light­ing. Why has it taken so long for the council to make a de­ci­sion as to what they spend this $2 mil­lion on – surely some­one in the council, on in­spec­tion, saw that it was ur­gently in need of ba­sic main­te­nance.

A ques­tion we would ask is: if a new sta­dium is de­cided, how long will this take to get off the ground and be com­pleted?

Dur­ing this time, where do the users of Headon go? Do they carry on, and noth­ing is done re­gard­ing the poor con­di­tion of Headon?

At this stage our an­swer to your state­ment is ‘‘yes’’, the council need to jump straight in and do some ur­gently onb re­quired re­pairs and main­te­nance as it re­ally is a dis­grace that it has been left to de­te­ri­o­rate to the state it is in. And ‘‘yes’’ Mata­mata needs a new sports sta­dium but not at the ex­pense of Headon Sta­dium as there is a def­i­nite re­quire­ment to keep it in a good state of re­pair.

Should Headon Sta­dium be re­paired?

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