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Upper Hutt Leader : June 15th 2011
4 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 15, 2011 NEWS 1066 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt. Ph: 939-1020 1066 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt. Ph: 939-1020 The First Name in Good Gardens Specials valid till 22/6/11 or while stocks last Open 7 Days 8am - 5pm www.oderings.co.nz www.oderings.co.nz Your Guarantee of quality is assured when you purchase plants grown and selected by Oderings. Darryn Odering Not being members we cannot sell or redeem NGIA Gift Vouchers. Other Vouchers - Yes. 166 UH Primula Rosebuds Named colours & mixed. Dainty flowers that resemble rosebuds. Freshly picked fragrant Freesias $6.99 Evergreen Azaleas Over 15 popular varieties. A plant that has it all. Excellent in pots. $12.99 $899 EACH $5.29 $429 PACK OF 6 1/2 Price Festuca Glauca Blue Grass. Tough & showy ornamental grass. $12.99 $649 EACH Cut Flower Lillies 3 stems per bunch. Stunning. $11.99 $10 99 BUNCH Strawberry Camarosa Heavy cropping, commercial variety. Sweet & very tasty. Iceberg Roses Bush or Climbing. 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City councillors, at Thursday s annual plan meeting, received a report about the library which looked at the cost and relevance of installing a rear entrance and/or a covered walkway from the rear of the building to its only entrance at the front and ways to improve the parking in the nearby area for library users. Installing a rear entrance was costed at up to $155,000, the covered walkway at more than $200,000 while the improvements to the parking could be included within the scheduled maintenance programme, the report s financial implications noted. In a meeting environment where keeping a check on rates was seen as vital, there was little real sup- port for the door or walkway options, with only councillors Hel- len Swales and Pat Christianson speaking, in the first instance, against not installing an entrance (with all councillors later voting for the 12-month deferral). The meeting heard from two members of the public, Michael Anderson and Anne Devlin, who spoke of the impact of the unan- nounced decision to remove the entrance and the resulting impact, particularly on safety issues for library users. The report noted the two petitions received by the coun- cil from the public. It noted the same wording was used on both petitions although both were presented separately . . . in total 171 people signed the petitions, however only 76 are cur- rently library members . Although seen by a few people as an inconvenience the loss of a rear entry has not seriously impeded the community s use of the central library, the report says. In the seven months that the library has been open, feedback has been overwhelmingly favour- able, with the exception of a few members of the public who have expressed their concern at the lack of a rear entrance and diffi- culty accessing parking close to the building, city community services director Andrea Curtis says. Although the initial plans to redevelop the library included the retention of a rear door, it proved to be a huge impediment to the new service model that needed to separate the various customer ser- vice functions. This requirement to make optimal use of available space and the associated costs of the increased security risks, means new libraries are rarely designed with two entrances, Ms Curtis report says. The redevelopment of the cen- tral library was completed on time and under budget, delivering on almost all of the major points identified through extensive pub- lic consultation, the report s sum- mary says. Use of the library has con- tinued to grow with recent visitor numbers more than 20 percent up on the same period last year. However, in response to the petitions and five letters and one email on the issue, the council had undertaken the investigation of the current parking around the library and the cost of the walkway and a new rear entrance (and returns box). The study found that parking within the assessment area is suf- ficient to meet the current demand . Council dissatisfied with KiwiRail performance The Greater Wellington Regional Council is unhappy with the ser- vice being provided by KiwiRail and is expecting to see major improvements over the coming year. Upper Hutt regional councillor Paul Swain said the dissatis- faction with KiwiRail was raised at the regional council meeting last week during the debate on finalising the council s budget for 2011-12. One of the big items of extra funding that needed to be approved was a bill from KiwiRail for $500,000 that had come in after the draft annual plan was taken out for consultation earlier in the year. The council approved the pay- ment, but noted significant dis- satisfaction with the rate of improvements in service delivery over the past year, Mr Swain said. This reflects the frustration that passengers are feeling with constant delays and cancellations of train services. The council also noted its expectation of major demons- trated improvements in the moni- toring, evaluating and reporting against agreed KiwiRail KPIs [key performance indicators], perform- ance targets and contracted SLAs [service level agreements], Mr Swain said. This is a strong message to KiwiRail to lift its game. Now that major upgrades in the network are being completed and new trains are rolling out, the old excuses from KiwiRail about the problems with the network will start to wear a little thin, he said. He praised train staff who have had to put up with passenger frustrations during the past year. They are mostly friendly and helpful, but they often take the rap for problems that are outside of their control, Mr Swain said. Exhibits Sales Tables Refreshments Antiques & Collectables Show Hosted by the Wellington Antique Bottle & Collectables Club .. A showcase of collections .. Sunday 19 June 2011 9.30am -- 3pm 3727349AA Horticultural Hall, Laings Road, Lower Hutt Contact: email@example.com 021 270 9113 3489075 PAUL SWAIN UPPER HUTT REGIONAL COUNCILLOR
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