A SQUARE DEAL?

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

The com­ments by Mayor Smith and Cr Jef­feries ( Tri­bune June 22, ‘‘City’s Fu­ture Plan Re­vealed’’) came across as being en­tirely dis­mis­sive of the con­cerns raised by some com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors.

Cou­pled with the fol­low­ing quote from the June 20 Plan­ning and Pol­icy Com­mit­tee agenda p.30: ‘‘It is not rec­om­mended that any spe­cific pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion oc­cur on the plan at this time’’, it would ap­pear that dis­sent from any quar­ter will not be tol­er­ated by some mem­bers of coun­cil.

Given that the res­i­den­tial ratepay­ers will bear a ma­jor part of the cost, one might as­sume they would get their say at the be­gin­ning be­fore money is thrown away.

It is in­ter­est­ing to note that the p.30 quote was later mas­saged to ‘‘key stake­hold­ers’’ for the June 27 Coun­cil meet­ing. It means the same but has the same agenda as ‘‘Newspeak’’ in Or­well’s book 1984.

All the same it deeply con­cerns me that any­one in coun­cil/ man­age­ment should have such a mind­set rarely seen since Europe’s Ger­man, Span­ish and Ital­ian dark days dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of the 20th cen­tury, es­pe­cially in pub­lic ser­vice.

How­ever, look­ing on the bright side, hav­ing awarded them­selves a nice pay rise, coun­cil­lors will be pro­tected in the short term. Res­i­den­tial ratepay­ers on the other hand will bear a sig­nif­i­cant financial bur­den, es­pe­cially the more vul­ner­a­ble, given the changes coun­cil has re­cently made, and con­tin­ues to make, to the rat­ing sys­tem. Eric Con­stan­tine, Palmer­ston

rNorth

MO­TOR HOMES

You see on the news and read about home­less people and fam­i­lies liv­ing in cars.

A few years back now you could af­ford a rental prop­erty and pay for the run­ning of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle. Those days are long gone. OK if you have a new car with five-year war­ranty, but run­ning costs for a sec­ond-hand ve­hi­cle are huge – more if you have got the ve­hi­cle on hire-pur­chase.

Sadly, people are go­ing to have to choose be­tween run­ning a car or hav­ing a roof over their family’s heads. I know if I had young chil­dren which I would choose.

Chris Sibley West End

Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil has pre­sented a plan to over­haul the city cen­tre by re­mov­ing car parks and giv­ing greater pri­or­ity to buses.

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