Discussions made by council and alike make no common sense of benefit the ratepayers and people who use the facilities in Waimakariri.
1. Narrowing of our nice wide streets which are which perfectly met everyone’s needs.
1a. Access restricted to passing cars parked on the roadside, bikes having to manouevre into the centre of the road, emergency vehicles trying to pass safely, people backing out of driveways — all unsafe practices.
1b. Introducing grass verges, who mows these? Again, general Joe Bloggs has to. Mowing fees should be paid by council, not throwing more commitment onto the ratepayer.
2. Trip to China for a select few for council including interpreters at what cost, and what benefit to the ratepayer. What a lot of rot. Wake up council, it seems it’s a social trip for which general ratepayers need no more added expense.
Get on with the job you are employed to do, not wasting ratepayers monies.
Sounded pretty good to me, and well worth my vote in last year’s Rangiora ward by-election, to succeed a good mate of mine and a man of integrity, the late Peter Allen.
You can imagine my surprise then, and that of others to whom I have spoken, when I saw on a Waimakariri District Council video last week that the newly reinstated Cr Barnett was heading off to China on a junket paid for by those very same ratepayers she had sworn to keep rates down for.
If that is a commitment to cost saving and keeping rates down then obviously Cr Barnett defines that slightly differently to the rest of us.
And this is before we even got to the proposed indoor courts facility, which I am reliably informed by on eof her council colleagues, she will be voting for.
There’s another $27million or so we are told of ratepayer funds being blown on a facility the district does not need.
We have a city just down the road with such facilities after all, and most of those in the district who would use it commute into the city to work anyway.
Up to 90 per cent of the community will never use it, and yet they will be paying $90 a year for it. And no doubt it will wind up being more, with the hidden costs we are not yet being told about.
While Cr Barnett and her colleagues have their nice ratepayer funded salaries with which to pay that sum, try living on a pension for a while and see how much of a difference $90 a year makes then.
And that will impact on more and more of us as time goes on, as the council keeps saying that our population is getting older.
Well perhaps it doesn’t impact on all of us: I’m told the head of community facilities at council, who is behind this ridiculous opulence, isn’t even a ratepayer in Waimakariri, so he won’t be contributing a cent!
As lowly ratepayers, we don’t get to vote for the masses of council staff.
We do get a vote for councillors though, and we expect them to be true to their promises.
If Cr Barnett is being true to hers, I challenge her to appear in these pages next week, reinforcing her commitment to the words she stood on, and declaring publicly that she won’t be voting for the indoor courts and will be withdrawing from this ridiculous trip to China.
If she is not prepared to make that stand in public, and be totally transparent with those who voted for her, then one would have to question what she actually stands for.
And in that instance, I am probably not the only one in Rangiora who would like to have my vote back!
Paul Nicholls, Rangiora first.
It is also of interest that there is no mention of the users of this complex having to do any fundraising.
When the covered pools were built the council made the covered pool committees fundraise hundreds of thousands of dollars. There has been no mention of the running costs, or will it be self-funding?
The council needs to give the ratepayers all the financial costs before putting this out there for debate.
Be careful councillors as some ratepayers cannot afford champagne facilities when they are on a beer income.
Garry Cattermole, Kaiapoi
Kirstyn Barnett has come under fire for opting in to a trip to China after vowing to address council spending.