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Upper Hutt Leader : August 24th 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 24, 2011 NEWS J_5432_AD Karen Rhind, Manager. Telephone (04) 567 8766 Mobile 021 577 133 firstname.lastname@example.org "Many thanks to all the wonderful staff for the care and kindnesses to my mother. I am overwhelmed by your spirit, concern and understanding." Wesleyhaven. 249 Rata Street, Naenae. www.wesleyca.org.nz We invite your enquiry; 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 7 Leonards Rd, Mangaroa Upper Hutt Ph 526 4515 www.thompsonshorsecentre.co.nz THOMPSONS HORSE CENTRE MAKE YOUR CHILD'S NEXT BIRTHDAY A DAY TO REMEMBER 3489984AN Book a party and let them horse around at our place Ring today for further details Wet or fine we have it covered! NEWS 528 9654 PHONE US AT MANAGER: JENNY RUSSELL email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 528 9654 Fax: 528 3021 154 Main Street, Upper Hutt Now available online at: www.uhleader.co.nz Our Top Ten Stories on: stuff.co.nz go to Newspapers/Upper Hutt Leader Order Photos online at: pix.ccn.co.nz EDITOR: ROSEMARY MCLENNAN email@example.com SPORTS EDITOR: COLIN WILLIAMS firstname.lastname@example.org Delivered to 21,740 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards 3874157AA Lively meeting circles wagons By COLIN WILLIAMS 150-plus getting Maymorn development opposition in order ' This is like deja vu. Did the council not listen to the recommendation given them? ' Resident Maureen Pettersson. Condemnation of the massive development of Maymorn was the uniform and water-tight message to the city council at last week s public meeting . . . as expected. More than 150 people braved the remnants of the polar blast to attend the Wednesday evening meeting, organised by the Keep Maymorn Green group, with the big majority travelling the hills from the storm-hit Mangaroa Valley. The Hapai Club audience sang from the same song sheet in opposing the city council s 20-year redevelopment of a rural valley they hold dear in its present form and will fight to stop becoming an urban slum . Probable exceptions were mayor Wayne Guppy and councillors John Gwilliam and Pat Christian- son, nestled near the back of the seated audience and the National candidate for Rimutaka Jonathan Fletcher. Chaired, literally, by Angela McLeod a sixth generation Whiteman , battling a broken ankle from a backyard ice slip that morning, the meeting was all about how to counter the council s ambitions in a planned and cohes- ive way. The first step will be by well- argued written submissions, and their weight of numbers. The valley s Kim Williams steered the meeting, opening up with a succinct outline of the problems that faced his like- minded audience. A group of people had gone through the Maymorn Structure Plan document and how it affects individuals and the community, he said in opening. Their findings were written large and displayed around the meeting room s four walls, cover- ing issues like the $52m cost to the city, the effect on an already struggling CBD, council secrecy with facts, previous planning decisions supporting the valley s iconic present status, transport issues, floodwater scenarios and the cumulative effect of intense development (on lots planned as small as 300 square metres) and more. Related to these, and ahead of them, was what Mr Williams called the basically flawed analysis in the plan, jointly pre- pared by council staff and the Beca consultant group. The structure plan s claim Maymorn is a greenfields site was derided as was the the document s key claim that Upper Hutt is run- ning out of land for future housing needs. The Maymorn papers projected figures included increases in the prison population and seniors housing and were done at a 2007 development peak, Mr Williams says. Current growth was running at about a quarter of this and the 21,000 sites available today was more than enough without touch- ing the valley, he said. It showed the push for this is on a shaky basis and doesn t stand up . Requests to council about the detail on the plan s long term cost- ing to the city of $52m will not be released, he says. We have been told it s commer- cially sensitive. Thrown over to the floor for question or short statements, people pushed at their perceived non-comprehension of the scale and scope of the plan which, over an estimated 20 years, envisages growth in Maymorn of up to 1800 dwellings housing more than 4000 people. The projected development s lot sizes, some just the size of the Hapai Club itself, were ridicu- lous, even for the middle of a town centre, a speaker said. A piece of levity in a serious night was one man saying he had three points to make, the third bringing the house down: If any- one has 10 bales of hay they can spare, they can come and see me after the meeting. Only the one reference was made about The Lanes, a private plan for opening up the valley which was rejected by indepen- dent planning commissioners . . . but it was popular. This is like deja vu, Maureen Pettersson said. Did the council not listen to the recommendation given them? she said to big applause. One speaker pondered out loud who or what was really behind the thinking of the Maymorn plan. I don t believe the council is clever enough to do it on its own. Why the sudden drive to create development? Ms McLeod, who had formally noted Mr Guppy s attendance to the crowd early on, asked the mayor if he wanted to comment. I m here to listen, Mr Guppy replied. The process will take place. A loudish acceptance was given from the audience in a meeting that, never deviated from its objective of circling the wagons and getting each and everybody ready for the battles ahead. POLICE Who is he? Police want to identify this male seen at Video Ezy, Queen St, about 3pm Friday, August 12. Contact Senior Constable Flora Nielsen, Upper Hutt police, 527 2300 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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