Well, well here we go again – another council in its mindnumbing wisdom wants to spend $26 million-plus on The Square.
This is on top of the previous $50 million Bell-Booth fiasco. The same platitudes are rolled out to the effect that it will be a shot in the arm for the CBD.
‘‘It’s an exciting master plan’’ roars the mayor, ‘‘we are going to fix parking by taking away over 200 car parks forcing cars to park further out into side streets’’. Wow! Why would we bother? It will be off to Feilding for me.
This money will plunge the city even further into debt, thereby forcing rate rises, which this council has failed miserably to protect its citizens from.
The fact that $50 million already spent has hardly resulted in any cost benefits to ratepayers, seems lost to this council.
Further on cost benefits, may I congratulate this council on increasing the gate fees charged at the Ashhurst and Bunnythorpe rubbish transfer stations. Now we will see more fly-tipping than ever.
If it comes to spending $40 getting rid of a miserable bootload of rubbish at a transfer station or spending it on food for already struggling families, then yep, over the bank goes the rubbish.
Perhaps we should spend some of the $4 million promised for refurbishing the library on reducing costs to ratepayers in rubbish disposal, fixing pot-holes and mowing lawns, but nah, that saves the ratepayers money. We mustn’t do that, huh?
Joe Rush Palmerston North