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Upper Hutt Leader : June 1st 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 1, 2011 LETTERS Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! U 3863R 3200244AN BEST RESULTS WITH HYPNOTIC PROGRAMMING For Smoking, Slimming, Anxiety, Confidence, Motivation, Life Rebuilding, Personal, etc. WITH MASTER HYPNOTIC PROGRAMMER JOHN MOYNIHAN PH 471 1775 or 528 5429 UH050278 WARRANT OF FITNESS Car Motorcycle Trailer Caravan Boat Trailer Ifyourvehicleneedsminorwork for a Warrant of Fitness WE CAN FIX IT WHILE IT IS HERE 2606836AA Call us today for a booking 528 2580 40 Ward Street Upper Hutt (3 minutes walk to Wallaceville Station) Open 8am till late! email: email@example.com Upper Hutt Electorate Office 216 Main St, Upper Hutt Tel: 528 5715 Taita Electorate Office 1195 High Street, Lower Hutt Tel: 567 0156 firstname.lastname@example.org 3777819AA I hold regular constituency clinics throughout the electorate. To book an appointment, please contact my electorate offices. Reunions St Joseph's School and Parish, Queen s Birthday Weekend 2011. Email stjosephs email@example.com or phone 528 2028. BPW Upper Hutt, 25th anniversary, August 2011. Contact Alison Prince 528 4404 or 027 476 0438. CEO panel decision one of trust CONTINUED Page 12 HAVE YOUR SAY We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 250 words. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters and also decide whether letters are suitable for publication. Letters must include the writer's name for publication. Pen names are not accepted. The writer's address and phone number must be supplied for our records. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 528 3021 or PO Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. I was left feeling both astonished and annoyed after reading Adrian Sparrow s letter questioning the leadership of the Upper Hutt council. Both mayor Guppy and deputy mayor McCardle were duly elected by the people of Upper Hutt and as such, not only is Mr Sparrow s letter disrespectful towards elected Upper Hutt council members, it is also disrespectful to the people who voted them in. Bearing in mind that Mr Sparrow stood for the mayoralty and lost, his letter also leaves the very bitter taste of sour grapes. Mr Sparrow talks about the need for dynamic leadership and criticises the appointment of Chris Upton as Upper Hutt chief executive. The selection panel, which was made up of elected representatives, clearly felt that Mr Upton has the qualities and ability to do a great job for our city and we have to trust them in their decision. Mr Upton is born and bred in Upper Hutt and clearly has a passion for our city, which I would much prefer to an outsider with years of experience but no passion. Mr Sparrow talks about the need to be bold and dynamic, which in my opinion the appointment of Mr Upton represents. Let s now let time be the judge of how good (and popular) the appointment of Mr Upton turns to out to be. In the meantime, if Mr Sparrow intends to stand for any positions with the Upper Hutt council, I suggest that rather than disrespecting the city council and its voters, he focuses on positive things he can do to make Upper Hutt a great place to live. JUSTIN BRETHERTON, Silverstream Letters of support needed I went before council on May 18 to talk about the back door to the library. I told councillors that I was disappointed that there had been no consultation with the public or within council. All the time they said what could be done was to put in a covered way from the back where there were about 20 car parks. This does not shorten the distance that we have to walk. There was also talk about using the grassed area by the library as a parking area but this would only create about two or three parking spots. The parking spots would be on a busy road and adjacent to a pedestrian crossing. The disability parks are parallel to Fergusson Dr and this is considered to be dangerous, even if the parks were to be set back. I helped with a 180-signature petition which was presented to council and the matter is now open for dialogue. I therefore ask all of those people who have an interest in library affairs to write to council requesting that it reconsider the back door option in the name of safety and the interests of the public and, in particular, the elderly who cannot walk long distances. S GUNDERSON, Upper Hutt Creative thinking very welcome What a relief to see some creative thinking about reshaping our central city with green spaces and tie-ins to the shops. I was in Feilding over the weekend and delighted in their interesting square , their spaces, boutique shops, cafes, etc. Please send planners up there to get some fresh ideas! They are also planning a new boulevard from Manfeild into the town. Look at other successful towns and get some inspiration please. We are so, so tired of dead shops and scrappy spaces that could easily be made beautiful and a drawcard. KATH WELLS, Upper Hutt City needs shops, not signs Last week I read an article about bringing people to Upper Hutt, and it mentioned that we need amazing signs and artwork. I couldn t disagree more. What Upper Hutt really needs is shops, and soon. No matter how brilliant your signs are, they won t distract from the boarded up shop fronts that fill central Upper Hutt, nor will it make us forget that The Mall constantly looks like a construction site that someone has deemed unworthy of completion, with only a handful of shops, and plenty of Coming soon signs, that when pulled back reveal an empty room. You can talk for hours about what we need to attract people, and we will get nowhere. What we need is for landlords to lower the lease on their buildings, so that we can get some stores in here. Also, I m sure no-one would complain if they took down those wooden silhouettes with shrunken heads and baggy pants. REID WICKS, Silverstream Background music offends Much has been written about The Mall, from its silly redevelopment name of Trentham City Shopping Centre (now fortunately dropped) and the equally silly fibreglass horses, to the present number of empty premises. However, I have yet to see any comment about the hideous cacophony that masquerades as background music. I might well be in the minority in not liking the type of music, but I would have much less cause to complain if it were not so loud and in your face . I can understand the proprietors wanting to provide some background to prevent the place seeming like a morgue, but I do wish they would turn the volume down. Unfortunately they are not alone in providing over- loud background music . I have complained to the BNZ several times, but was told there was nothing they could do about it. I have to go into the BNZ occasionally, but will not go into the Export Meat Warehouse simply because of the noise that assaults me as I pass by outside. Similar comments apply to a number of other stores in Upper Hutt. What is more I am slightly deaf, so wonder what it must be like for those who are not. RICHARD REYNOLDS, Akatarawa More housing needed Low income families have limited access to affordable quality housing in Upper Hutt. Thisisanissueforusasa community and one that the Upper Hutt City Council and our local MP should address. It is not acceptable that people on low incomes are often required to leave Upper Hutt because they cannot afford to live here. Our council and local MP should challenge central government to supply affordable housing for low income earners by the building or purchasing of more houses by Housing New Zealand or by increased support with accommodation costs by Work and Income. We as a community should be focused on caring for and retaining all members of our community, not just the affluent. TERESA HOMAN, Upper Hutt Speeding tickets a state fundraiser Early one Sunday morning on a deserted road I was given a speeding ticket for allegedly exceeding the 50kmh speed limit by 19kmh. When I first spotted the flashing police car, I was travelling at 54kmh. According to the constable, their radar didn t lie, but neither did my speedo and I didn t have any knobs to adjust to suit my argument. I was fined $120 and given 20 free demerit points which I guess can be swapped for FlyBy points. No doubt other drivers have been treated with the same fund- raising arrogance. I suggest they write to the Minister of Injustices at the Beehive and complain about the ignorance of the arrogant fundraisers. You don t need a stamp and it will cost about $320 for the Injustice Minister s staff to reply with their normal egotistical waffle. The secret is simple, for every greedy fine issued, make sure it costs the Government double the amount to reply to your letter and you can be assured about one thing: the logic of simple commonsense won t sink in. The days of official intelligence are long gone. LAURIE BENNETT, Upper Hutt Avoid unnecessary risks There has been a lot of publicity given to collisions between cyclists and motorists. It is true that cyclists are more at risk, especially in busy traffic and at night. Cyclists and motorists have to take responsibility for road safety but surely cyclists should also avoid taking unnecessary risks. If there is an accident, it is often the poor unfortunate motorist who gets the blame if the cyclist is killed or injured when it may have been the fault of the cyclist, whose lack of observation contributed to the crash. Motorists get into trouble if their headlights are not functioning properly but is there a law that says that cyclists have to make sure they are easily seen at night with an adequate front light and reflective clothing? Care needs to be taken if the cyclist is coming down a steep slope when it might not be easy to stop or else fails to keep on their right side of the road. Whatsayaswellifacaris damaged by the cyclist crashing into it. Will the person on the bike be expected to pay for any repairs? I would be interested to find out. E KEATS, Upper Hutt What happens to poppies? I refer to a letter (May 18) from Christine Hammond about the placing of poppies on the graves to commemorate Anzac Day. While the spirit behind the gesture is meaningful, does any thought go into what happens to those poppies in the weeks following?
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