A SQUARE DEAL?
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
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.