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Upper Hutt Leader : June 8th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 8, 2011 LETTERS HN072576 C & i l s l s & S co h C Ov locki g C T t t ff t t t 255-257 i h , i fi l Ph 567-9684 10 - 5 Big S l c io of c s, s & s s 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 General Engineering, Fabrication and Machining GRAHAM BERRY RACE CARS LTD 29 Montgomery Crescent. Ph+6445288774Fax+6445287551 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kiwiracecars.com Specialising In Hotrod and Race Car Fabrication Classic Restorations and Upgrades Import Modifications Independent 9" Diff. Unique design. General Automotive Work Welding Specialists Home to NZ's Most Popular 427 SC Cobra Reproduction 30 years Experience, Quality Guaranteed ADVANCED FLUIDTRANSFERSYSTEMS I hold regular constituency clinics throughout the electorate. To book an appointment, please contact my offices. Chris HIPKINS MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins Taita Electorate Office: 1195 High Street Taita Phone 04 567 0156 Upper Hutt Office: 216 Main Street, Upper Hutt Phone 04 528 0156 Email email@example.com chrishipkins.org.nz labour.org.nz 3791772AA 3791595AA Upper Hutt Assn Inc. MEMBERS MEETING Members & friends welcome Time: 2pm Guest Speaker: Susan Bowden Care Service Manager Subject: Health Funded Home Support Venue: Hapal Clubrooms, Fergusson Drive Wednesday 15th June Members and their guests most welcome Over 50? Have Your Say - Join Us Today! Phone 528 6267 NOW! So what constitutes the CBD? EKERS' WEEK 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. As a building owner and a business owner in Upper Hutt city I am forever wondering what constitutes the CBD. Is it from Fergusson Dr-Main St roundabout to King St-Fergusson Dr roundabout, and Fergusson Dr, Main St and Queen St east to west? We have an Experience Upper Hutt director, and we have people in the city council also paid to promote Upper Hutt. These positions seem to be polls apart in their views on how to improve Upper Hutt. We have seen many reports, proposals, and plans (at huge cost to ratepayers). We have seen Main St between Pine Ave and Logan St ripped up, and redesigned many times over the past 20 years, while the business owners and occupiers who have their businesses just out of the EXCLUSIVE ZONE, are getting on with filling their properties with businesses which have stood the test of time and little input from the council finances. Perhaps we are looking at the CBD in a punitive way. If we want to grow Upper Hutt, and want the support of ALL the business ratepayers, then I feel we should give all business ratepayers incentives. Not spend ALL the funding in a tiny area of the CBD, or on made up positions, with very little accountability. Two small examples of this are: the Christmas hamper and the raffle for Christchurch. I am still waiting to be asked to sell tickets for the Christchurch raffle, and never had anyone ask if I wanted to donate to the Christmas hamper. But when Michael Hill did a big promotion the staff from the shop came out of their area to the bottom of Main St to ask for a gift voucher, which we supplied willingly. Who is onto it? J SCHOUTEN, Upper Hutt Should have read 'fear' The headlines with the two uninformed mayors in the Leader (June 1) first should have read: Mayors voice their fears before opening their eyes. The two mayors obviously have never driven between Petone and Wellington, as if they had they would know the cycleway is a waste of money and effort as no cyclists use it. In the morning there are a few dozen cyclists who ride to Wellington from the Hutt and most days none of them use the existing cycleway even though it has an arrow pointing them to use it. I see about one a day use it. So I suggest the two mayors check it over the next several months and then try and say how necessary the cycleway is once they watch all the cyclists using the road instead of their cycleway. Another good idea is make the road a motorway then the cyclists would have to use the cycleway that they wanted as they aren t allowed on the motorway. Now let the bleating begin. JON PECK, Upper Hutt Changes appear ineffective What a pleasure to see Peter McCardle s letter to the Upper Hutt Leader -- rumours that he d moved permanently into the Wellington offices of the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, were obviously exaggerated. McCardle says that 20 years ago when he was first actively involved the problems facing our CBD were similar...thereal answer is in more growth, people, and shoppers. So...what s he been doing over all these years? Where s he been? If the problem was and continues to be shoppers, then judging by the state of Main St, any changes he and Mayor Guppy have made have not been effective. Other than change allegiance from National to NZ First, then ACT, now back to Ryall, all McCardle seems to have changed is his excuse. In 1991 it was Queensgate; in 2011 it s the global financial crisis. What exactly are the long-standing mayor and his deputy going to do differently to effect the changes they say have been necessary for 20 years? ADRIAN SPARROW, Upper Hutt What has council achieved? Adrian Sparrow raises a good point in his letter of May 25. We do seem to have a council who seem to disappear once the elections are over. I am not sure if this is because the job proves to be too difficult or maybe the council bureaucracy wears them down? I heard recently of a case were a school wanted to put a zebra crossing outside their gate so the kids could cross the road safely before and after school. The council said it would cost $180,000 to do this. It would require an engineer s report and goodness knows what else! If these are the sort of expensive regulatory hurdles put in the path of getting things done it is not surprising that councillors have achieved so little over the last 10 years. This may seem hard to believe but having seen the $150,000 plus that has been wasted on the Main St upgrade to shift a few trees and replace some seats it is unfortunately not beyond the realms of possibility. The current run down state of Upper Hutt does indeed reflect the performance of our council over the last 10 years. It is all very well to spend council money supporting at risk youth, school age mothers and building new sports fields but I wonder if this is the correct priority for Upper Hutt ratepayers at the moment? If we had a lively vital city that had a sense of purpose and direction, was growing and creating jobs would we have so many problems with at risk youth and pregnant school girls? When the next council elections are held in 2013 Upper Hutt voters need to look very seriously at what this current council has achieved. It would be good for the council to publish a list of goals for the next two years so that their ability to achieve them can be accurately assessed by voters. CHRIS HURST, Upper Hutt Sick of 'desecration' I, too, am sickened by the desecration of our city by graffiti vandals. Graffiti is visually nauseating and is the beginning of a breakdown in law and order. Graffiti also leads to more serious crimes of assault, arson and burglary. These vandals must hold our city in absolute contempt. When anyone does anything good for the city these vandals emerge like rats from the sewer to stamp their rotten mark on the kindness of other people. The tagging of the railway station after a church group had painted it is an example along with the attempted arson of the Timberlea Community Hall which was kindly donated for the use of the Timberlea community. This hall had been subjected to graffiti attacks before the arson. The mindset of these vandals is beyond comprehension. They must have complete darkness in their hearts. I am not interested in any excuses they have for their behaviour. The recent costly damage by taggers will not attract new retailers to the city. I suggest when the army comes to town they bring their armoured vehicles to frighten off these vandals.
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