South Waikato News - - OPINION -

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I re­mem­ber Mr Gabolin­scy’s ar­ti­cle in 2006 ask­ing for the al­ley­way to be closed.

But that didn’t hap­pen, which makes me won­der what other things have fallen onto the mayor’s deaf ears?

Here are a few off the top of my head: lack of main­te­nance, foot­paths, poor lighting along streets, poor wa­ter drainage in the Strath­more area, high rates and an­i­mal con­trol fees, slip­pery and cracked cob­ble­stones in the town cen­tre.

I’m amazed that no one has se­ri­ously injured them­selves or maybe they have but that has fallen on deaf ears. It’s nice to know we have a mayor who puts the community’s health and safety as his main pri­or­ity, how­ever, along the way that pri­or­ity has dropped un­der­neath his couch like loose change. Now we have an ele­phant hang­ing around our necks called the sports and events cen­tre which some peo­ple (if not most) were against.

God help the next mayor who takes over from Sin­clair as he/she will have a mess to clean up. May the strength be with you who­ever you may be, as you will def­i­nitely need it.

To the next mayor, I hope you are a mayor for the peo­ple who will lis­ten and lead by ex­am­ple and not a mayor who is for HIM­SELF. J Blower Toko­roa

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