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How dis­ap­point­ing for the peo­ple of CHB to hear Auck­land based com­pa­nies are mov­ing into our re­gion to pro­vide a ser­vice which has been, up un­til this week, de­liv­ered to high stan­dard by a lo­cally based com­pany, Hig­gins.

I’m talk­ing about Recre­ational Ser­vices who will be con­tracted to look after parks and re­serves, ceme­ter­ies, gar­dens around town and pub­lic toi­lets. While Ve­o­lia has the con­tract to look after wa­ter, sew­er­age, stormwa­ter and do call­outs. Their base will be Mike Barker’s Waipawa De­pot and I be­lieve man­age­ment will be housed in al­ready stretched coun­cil of­fices. Whereas the cur­rent provider Hig­gins al­ready has the in­fra­struc­ture and staff to con­tinue de­liv­er­ing cur­rent ser­vices. Where will these Auck­land com­pa­nies find their ex­pe­ri­enced staff to de­liver these ser­vices? Will we see an in­flux of new res­i­dence to run these ser­vices putting pres­sure on our al­ready stretched hous­ing de­mand? Or are they look­ing at poach­ing the ex­ist­ing ex­pe­ri­enced staff from the cur­rent provider?

I’m sure I’m not the only per­son who is im­pressed by the pride these lo­cal em­ploy­ees take in car­ing for our com­mu­nity. A num­ber of these em­ploy­ees tran­si­tioned from the In­fra­con days and con­tinue to do a splen­did job which is re­flected in the well-groomed com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties we have in CHB.

These em­ploy­ees have a vested in­ter­ested in keep­ing our com­mu­nity look­ing sharp and tidy. They live here, spend their money here and are ratepay­ers. They have lo­cal knowl­edge, wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence, and would be held to task if things weren’t look­ing good. They have pro­vided an out­stand­ing ser­vice and I for one would like to thank them for that.

I un­der­stand Hig­gins were not given the op­por­tu­nity to put for­ward a price for this work. It can’t be be­cause they have no ex­pe­ri­ence so can the coun­cil ex­plain this.

The coun­cil catch phrase “Keep­ing it Cen­tral” seems like an oxy­moron to me.

What was the coun­cil think­ing? KATHER­INE ARCHER Taka­pau

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