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Upper Hutt Leader : May 18th 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 18, 2011 NEWS MANAGER: JENNY RUSSELL firstname.lastname@example.org The Upper Hutt Leader is published by Central Community Newspapers, a division of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd, and printed at 35 Bouverie St, Petone. The registered of ce of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd is 40 Boulcott St, Wellington CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: Classified: email@example.com Ph: 528 9654 Fax: 528 3021 154 Main Street, Upper Hutt Now available online at: http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com Our Weekly Top Ten Stories on: upperhuttleader.co.nz Order Photos online at: pix.ccn.co.nz EDITOR: ROSEMARY MCLENNAN firstname.lastname@example.org SPORTS EDITOR: COLIN WILLIAMS email@example.com Delivered to 22,226 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards 2920501AA pix.ccn.co.nz To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: c c c c c Rail station poses safety risk By COLIN WILLIAMS Guppy to raise question of equity with GWRC Upper Hutt s dilapidated and dangerous railway station needs an urgent and overdue upgrade, the city council says in its sub- mission to the Greater Wellington Regional Council. The dire state of the station, which is under the control of the the regional body, creates a very poor impression of Upper Hutt and fails to adequately serve its large numbers of commuters. The fifth busiest station in the region, it transports more than 705,000 people a year but the current run-down station does nothing to help improve the image of public transport, nor does it encourage commuters off the burgeoning road network, says the submission to the council s annual plan hearings. In light of the high number of commuters that use this import- ant passenger transport hub it is imperative that increased priority be given to upgrading the Upper Hutt train station urgently, it says. The Upper Hutt council receives multiple public comments about the station s perceived safety risk and the need to provide clean, accessible restrooms. Sixty per cent of residents said they do not feel safe at the train station, making it the least perceived safe place in Upper Hutt, Mr Guppy says. Tomorrow, speaking to the sub- mission, mayor Wayne Guppy will tell regional councillors the Upper Hutt station, designated as a major transport hub, should receive a large portion of the [regional council s] $2.5 million funding allocation for rail station and carpark upgrades . Porirua, Waikanae, Parapara- umu, Johnsonville, Plimmerton, Petone, Featherston and now Melling station have all received upgrades, Mr Guppy will tell the council. We also note that there are very few items of expenditure that are specific to Upper Hutt. This makes us very concerned about the distribution of equity across the region. The other main issue in the sub- mission is the proposed 6.79 per cent hike in regional council rates for Upper Hutt. In the current economic cli- mate this figure is unduly high, says Mr Guppy. The Upper Hutt council supports an increased examination of GWRC s proposed projects and operating budgets to ensure affordable, cautious and reasonable spending is proposed. What's in a name? City rules: Road signs in the central city are confusing . . . well, to Councillor Dave Wheeler anyway. A first time councillor says a sign on Blenheim St near Upper Hutt School is confusing and raises the spectre of the disused Trentham City shopping mall. Councillor Wheeler voiced his con- cern at a council committee. It s confusing, if anything, what with the issue we had with the mall. When I was driving past it struck me, he said after the meeting. The problem is made worse because overhanging bush obscures an left-pointing arrow, Mr Wheeler says. The renaming of the mall after its massive redevelopment several ago to Trentham City caused an outcry from the public. Last year the shopping centre, under new ownership, formally aban- doned the name and the controversy. They chose to simplify things chang- ing the title of the shopping precinct to The Mall. Friends of the River to meet The recently formed Friends of Hutt River group will hold a public meeting next week to adopt a statement of purpose, decide what issues to tar- get in the next year and appoint groups to work on them. Before the meeting the group is calling for interested people to complete its survey at surveymonkey.com/s/N5YSP8Q. The Friends of the Hutt River will meet at the Silverstream Bowling Club, 37 Dunn St, at 7pm on May 23. Church members get job done A new sick bay and medical room at the Hutt Valley Teen Parent School in Miro St are com- plete after a marathon building exercise on Saturday. Forecast wet weather gave way to a fine day on Saturday for the team of 100-plus members of Wellington s Arise Church to build the 30 square metre extension worth $120,000. The church offered to build the extension after an Upper Hutt Leader article about the Ministry of Education s refusal to provide it. Piles were concreted in and underground services moved ahead of Saturday s big effort to build the floor, walls and roof and finish the interior. Church members worked in shifts from 6am to 11.30pm when the work was finished.
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