Road­works seem never-end­ing

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Since Fe­bru­ary ratepay­ers have put up with con­stant road­works around the city, which have been and still are caus­ing huge de­lays in ve­hi­cle move­ment and park­ing.

The road­works on Fer­gus­son Dr and Princes Street have been go­ing on since late Fe­bru­ary this year and still no like­li­hood of be­ing fin­ished in the near fu­ture.

The new road­works on Alexander Road seem to be ac­com­mo­dat­ing of the lo­cal de­vel­op­ers at the ex­pense of law­ful road users.

Alexander Road is a pub­lic road and for about two weeks the pot­holes in the road were huge and surely caus­ing dam­age to ve­hi­cle users’ sus­pen­sions. The road was left in this con­di­tion while con­trac­tors worked on the ap­proach area to the new Wal­laceville de­vel­op­ment.

I rang the road­ing man­ager at the coun­cil over a week ago and still have had no re­sponse from him.

Surely who­ever the project man­ager is at the coun­cil has to be held ac­count­able for these de­lays?

Maybe at the next elec­tion we should use ratepay­ers’ voices to ef­fect changes so that re­spon­si­ble peo­ple hold of­fices to en­sure this sort of thing doesn’t hap­pen in the fu­ture.

Kiwi Wood

Up­per Hutt

HOUS­ING SHORT­AGE

The Up­per Hutt Hous­ing Trust thanks all the busi­nesses, in­di­vid­u­als and peo­ple who at­tended their re­cent fundraiser for emer­gency hous­ing in Up­per Hutt.

Your sup­port is much ap­pre­ci­ated.

The trust be­lieves that there is an ur­gent need for emer­gency, tran­si­tional hous­ing in Up­per Hutt de­spite the con­tin­ued de­nial that this is the case from those who man­age the in­for­ma­tion.

There are no avail­able state houses in Up­per Hutt, which means any­one who qual­i­fies will be ad­vised to look at other ar­eas or op­tions for state hous­ing.

There are also fam­i­lies that qual­ify for state hous­ing who, due to lack of them, have to ac­cept pri­vate rental, which greatly re­duces their abil­ity to buy food or pay for ba­sic needs such as power.

If a fam­ily or in­di­vid­ual seek emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion through Work and In­come they will be re­quired to look for pri­vate rentals even if, and most do, qual­ify for in­come re­lated rent.

The cur­rent provider of this in Up­per Hutt is HNZ, but it is not be­ing pro­vided cur­rently to new ten­ants be­cause Up­per Hutt doesn’t have any avail­able houses and there is no plan to build any here.

The thin end of the wedge is if you live in Up­per Hutt or have fam­ily and sup­port net­works in Up­per Hutt and want to ac­cess state hous­ing you can’t be­cause there isn’t any.

The trust wants to sup­port Up­per Hutt peo­ple into hous­ing and ne­go­ti­at­ing the very com­pli­cated sys­tem that leaves them home­less.

If you have a hous­ing is­sue please con­tact the Up­per Hutt Hous­ing Trust.

Teresa Ho­man

Up­per Hutt Hous­ing Trust chair

LOV­ING THOSE KERERU¯

Sit­ting at my win­dow is in­spir­ing, be­cause Birchville has been in­vaded by hun­dreds of the na­tive kereru¯.

They dive bomb my grape vine and raid the flow­ers on na­tive trees.

Their numbers have in­creased dra­mat­i­cally in the last few years and it just goes to show that Up­per Hutt must be do­ing some­thing right.

Maybe we should use the kereru¯ to pro­mote Up­per Hutt to vis­i­tors? Surely it’s worth a thought?

Lau­rie Ben­nett

Up­per Hutt

WRITE TO US

Do you feel strongly about an is­sue in your com­mu­nity or have some­thing to say about our city? Con­tact us at ed­i­tor@uh­leader.co.nz or via Neigh­bourly. Please in­clude your full name, ad­dress and con­tact num­ber. No anony­mous letters will be ac­cepted. Letters are pub­lished at the ed­i­tor’s dis­cre­tion and may be abridged.

The kereru¯ are flour­ish­ing in Up­per Hutt.

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