I apol­o­gise for many pos­i­tives

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

An open let­ter of apol­ogy to Neil Sin­clair mayor of Toko­roa

I apol­o­gise for in­vest­ing in your town.

I apol­o­gise for leas­ing a piece of land you wanted but you failed to se­cure.

I apol­o­gise for bring­ing in­creased com­pe­ti­tion on fuel prices and choice to your ratepay­ers.

I apol­o­gise for pay­ing rent to mem­bers of your com­mu­nity.

I apol­o­gise for of­fer­ing you our spare land af­ter we found out you orig­i­nally wanted it.

I apol­o­gise for sav­ing Toko­roa res­i­dents money by pro­vid­ing great value on fuel.

I apol­o­gise for en­tic­ing mo­torists on State High­way 1 to stop in your town and pos­si­bly visit other re­tail­ers af­ter they have filled up with Gull.

I apol­o­gise to Coun­cil­lor Glu­cina for not hav­ing more land avail­able.

I apol­o­gise for ‘‘Gift horse in the mouth’’ im­me­di­ately spring­ing to my tiny mind when I read to­day’s South Waikato News.

I apol­o­gise for giv­ing your town a choice to use a bio­fuel and re­duce their car­bon foot­print.

I apol­o­gise that as a coun­cil you saw the need to con­test a clear cut plan­ning re­port and spend ratepayer’s money on that con­test.

I apol­o­gise for im­prov­ing the rate­able value of a prop­erty and pay­ing those rates.

I apol­o­gise for re­mov­ing a run­down bus shel­ter from the cen­tre of your com­mu­nity.

We’ll just build our ser­vice sta­tion and get on with busi­ness. I’m off to see Monty Python Live (mostly) tonight with my daugh­ter, hope­fully you can whis­tle the last line from their Life of Brian movie.

There are many pos­i­tives to Gull de­vel­op­ing, le­gally in your town and I be­lieve that many in your com­mu­nity will ap­pre­ci­ate that. Yours sin­cerely

Dave Bodger, Gen­eral Man­ager, Gull New Zealand BP when Gull is com­ing in. Check out Nor­ton and Ohaupo roads in Hamil­ton; the Gull prices are about 12 cents cheaper than most sta­tions. Thank God for Gull, they stuck to their word; they would be cheaper than the rest.

Try look­ing out­side the square SWDC. Steve Magee

Toko­roa out­side in­vest­ment. This would lead to in­vestors buy­ing the rot­ten, run down and van­dalised prop­er­ties the coun­cil and many res­i­dents won’t do any­thing about, es­pe­cially the de­serted prop­erty on Bridge St where the garage over­look­ing the rail­way line was set alight re­cently. I don’t see any ac­tion from the anti-con­tainer ter­mi­nal group com­plain­ing about the state of Toko­roa prop­er­ties around them – seems hyp­o­crit­i­cal to me.

If Toko­roa peo­ple don’t want busi­nesses then please all get to­gether and buy up my house and those of any oth­ers who raise their hands in dis­gust and we can all move out to the cities while the town dies com­pletely. Neil Leathers,


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