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Upper Hutt Leader : June 15th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 15, 2011 LETTERS Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! UH103863R 3200244AO A Disclosure Statement is available upon request and free of charge. "I love NZ. So does my UK pension." www.ukpensionstonz.com 0800 857 367 Brendan Johnson If you want my opinion, get their free assessment. You might have access to your money now. * Conditions apply. Britannia did a stonking good job transferring my UK pension to NZ. BR026UHL5 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 pix.ccn.co.nz er your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: To orde Main St could become a museum EKERS' VIEW CONTINUED Page 13 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 email@example.com, 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. What an asset we have in the refurbished Upper Hutt City Library and the cultural and arts centre Expressions, which attracts performances from renowned musicians. These two amenities will be visited and enjoyed by both locals and visitors. When some of these visitors to our city journey north to our CBD expecting the same class they will be sorely disappointed. The CBD now resembles a war zone and the imminent arrival of the army will complete the picture. However, let us not despair. The deserted shops of the CBD could be converted into a museum and display pictures of the way we were with the song of the same name playing in the background. Visitors could have their photo taken by the artwork in Russell St and laugh at the absurdity of such artwork. Perhaps a wishing well should be placed there so visitors can leave coins that we can save up for more tourist attractions in the CBD. On their way out of Upper Hutt, visitors can stop at the Upper Hutt version of Stonehenge on the site of the former Challenge Service Station. So all will not be lost if the CBD is never again a bustling hive of retailing. Visitors will return to their home towns with stories of their visit to the city which once was and have photographs to entice others to visit our CBD museum where retailers have long since vanished to greener pastures where the tills ring with more vibrancy.ROWENA SIMPKISS, Timberlea Joining the dots I moved here 35 years ago so thought it was time to express a couple of ideas. Idea 1: UHCC and WRC, why not collaborate to build a new train station attached to an archway-pedestrian- crossing. This archway could cross over to the Maidstone Park side, but also over to the CBD. The archway could be covered in with glass allowing views of the hills and city. An extension of the station or a covered walkway could head towards the library- civic centre area. To allow for a more gradual slope at the CBD end, Fergusson Dr could be diverted to be closer to the railway line. This would take out some of the existing parking between the station and library but with an archway linking to the station it would be practical to have some parking on the Maidstone Park side of the railway line. A lift and/or elevator in the station could also join the archway. This archway could be enhanced by the talents of local Orongomai Marae carvers and Mary Archibald s stone carvers. Idea 2: The grass patch opposite the civic centre could be a park (this could also contain local artworks-carvings) including a playground with childproof safety fence. To help link the library-civic centre- Expressions-H2OXtream with the southern shops, a covered walkway could cut through the park. Main St shop owners may then provide access or even a cafe(s) overlooking this park. LAWRIE McMURTRY, Trentham Unimpressed by poo, glass I spent one hour on Saturday, June 4, picking up pieces of glass from our local playground, Speargrass Playground. The glass weighed in at 380 grams. Along with walking through half a dozen dog poo, I should be able to play with my daughter. MRS J MORRIS, Timberlea Plywood carrier sought I would like to appeal to any Upper Hutt motorists that may have witnessed the following incident on State Highway 2 just north of Te Marua just before Mangaroa scenic reserve car park on Saturday, June 4, about 1pm. I was travelling north in a forest green Ford Festiva and my vehicle was struck by one or more sheets sheet of plywood that came off a light commercial vehicle travelling south. My passenger and I feel very lucky that we were unhurt, but my car has been damaged and the other driver did not stop. If anyone took the licence number of this vehicle, thought to be a white Hiace-type light truck with a flat bed or has information, please call the Upper Hutt police or contact 027 446 5389. D HARRIS, Stokes Valley Roadworks annoy I am astonished and annoyed after seeing the final layout of the current road works, in particular the lack of two passing lanes in each direction on River Rd. It has been the best part of a year when the work commenced on this particular section of River Rd. I cannot believe that with the time and money spent on this project they did not come up with the two- passing lane option in each direction. This would have sufficiently reduced traffic delays in the mornings and evening rush- hour traffic. I am astonished with the wasted space on the shoulder of the road in each direction. I realise a wire median barrier will be installed but surely someone could have come up with a better design than we are going to get. After putting up with a year s worth of road works I cannot express how disappointed we are with whoever came up with and approved this design. Most people I have spoken to agree with my opinion but are not sure who they can complain to about this expensive waste of money. DEVON FLYNN, Upper Hutt Bombarded on all sides Regarding the letter, June 1, about background music, I agree wholeheartedly with Richard Reynolds about being bombarded on all sides with background music . Since I had my stroke nearly six years ago one thing has changed for me; I now dislike shopping where there is music -- it has become a chore rather than a pleasure. I really pity the people who work in shops, cafes, etc who I think could be deaf in years to come. Sometimes I can t think in a shop because of the noise of the music . Now we have loudspeakers outside shops as well as in them. The only way I can cope is to use earplugs. Please, please turn down the music or turn it off. Nowthereisagoodidea--aweekofno music. Bliss! JOY KINNEAR, Birchville Letter writer could leave I am sick and tired of Adrian Sparrow writing letters criticising the mayor and Upper Hutt City Council and the excellent job they do. If he doesn t like it he doesn t have to live here. I, for one, would be glad to see the back of him. Politicians should not use the paper as a way of furthering their political career. He is just trying to get people to vote for him but that will never happen as long as I reside in Upper Hutt. How many people actually like Mr Sparrow? Obviously not a lot as more people voted for Wayne Guppy who people know and trust. I think Mr Sparrow is trying to discredit Mr Guppy. Upper Hutt doesn t need people like Mr Sparrow residing in this beautiful and friendly city. REBECCA HAMILTON-MURRAY, Upper Hutt Reunion Otago Boys' High, 150th, 2013. A major part of the lead-in to the festivities will be accumulation of contact details for all pupils to have attended the school since 1863. Website: obhsfoun- dation.co.nz or contact the school s foundation office, PO Box 5077, Dunedin, or 477 8977.
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