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Upper Hutt Leader : August 31st 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 31, 2011 NEWS 3953647AC MENSWEAR WINTER SALE Genuine Reductions on Quality Men's Fashion Westpac Bank Rutherford Street SPORTS JACKETS SUITS DENIM JEANS BUSINESS SHIRTS KNITWEAR ACCESSORIES CASUAL JACKETS SLEEPWEAR CASUAL TROUSERS DRESS TROUSERS SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS 216 High Street Lower Hutt Ph 566 0661 TIES Remember Father's Day Sunday 4th Sept HURRY FINAL WEEK! 3728265AI Gethings Completely Upper Hutt, Completely the Hutt Valley, Full Main Dealer Facilities Main Street, Upper Hutt PH: 528 4624 ASX Sport 4WD $42,990.00 or ASX Sport 2WD $39,890.00* 2.0 MIVEC Petrol - 7.9 Litres per l00Kms 1.8 MIVEC Diesel- 5.9 Litres per l00Kms Features of this All New ASX Cruise control, Immobiliser Alarm, 7 Air Bags, Active Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Traction Control, Level Loading Area, USB Port, One-touch Start, Keyless Operating System, Rain Sensor, Auto Lighting Control, Hands free Bluetooth, Reverse Warning System. New ASX ble in Petrol and Diesel NEW ZEALAND'S BEST NEW CAR WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER CARE Availa *Includes FREE Leather Package Easy Key Self Service Laundromat DRY UP TO 4 LOADS OF CLOTHES IN ONLY 18 MINUTES SAVE YOUR TIME & ELECTRICITY UPPER HUTT 557 Fergusson Drive, Ph 528 0515 STOKES VALLEY Scott Court, Ph 563 8260 13 x Dryers from $4 for 18 mins 8 x Washers - from $5 ALSO AT THESE LOCATIONS Taita 970 0994 Wainuiomata 939 5171 Porirua - Cannons Creek 237 0630 Newtown 389 7926 Lower Hutt 569 5792 Fast Dryers Washers Domestic Laundry Sports Gear Duvets Mink Blankets Bedding 3685406AD Upper Hutt super-city suggested Free to good home:If Richard Burrell has his way, Lower Hutt's earthquake- prone civic administration building would be given away, rather than earthquake- strengthened at ratepayers' expense. Photo: JIM CHIPP By JIM CHIPP Amalgamate the two Hutt cities, create a new super-city council in Upper Hutt, and give away Lower Hutt s earthquake-prone civic administration building to a worthy recipient. That is the radical proposal Hutt Valley commercial property owner Richard Burrell has put forward to deal with the expensive earthquake upgrade that Lower Hutt s council building needs. Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace said the two Hutt councils were already the most co-operative in the country; there was no need for full amalgamation; and, in any case, decisions on city governance were a matter for residents. Mr Burrell said the two cities have less than 150,000 citizens, all living in one valley. There is no reason any more to have two councils, two sets of mayors and two sets of all that go with it, he said. Lower Hutt s administration building is in need of earthquake- strengthening, and Mr Burrell said it was an opportune time to consider merging the two councils and basing the new council at Upper Hutt s civic building. Lower Hutt civic administration building could be given away to a private organisation that would strengthen it and put it to a good use, he said. We find ourselves with a 1940s office building in Lower Hutt which needs $20 million spent on it, he said. There is a perfectly adequate office building in Upper Hutt. A central Lower Hutt service centre could take care of the council s regulatory functions, such as building and resource con- sents. Think about spending $20 million on office space in Lower Hutt -- what that is going to do to everybody s rates, he said. The best thing we can do is one mayor, one chief executive. Mr Wallace said handing the building over to a developer would put it at risk of demolition, which would be a concern to many residents. One of the things we are look- ing at doing is maintaining the facade and building a whole new building behind it, he said. We [Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt] are probably already one of the leading groups of councils doing shared services -- wastewater, landfills, cemeteries and civil defence. All councils are required to con- sult their residents on local governance structure in the near future, he said. I m keen to hear what the com- munity has to say, he said. I don t want to pre-empt that discussion. I want an open and robust discussion. This has to be community-led. We appreciate Richard s busi- ness here, but with respect, he lives in Wellington and doesn t quite have the same level of inter- est as people living in the area. He said, although Upper Hutt s civic building was built more recently than Lower Hutt s, it was of the same vintage as the Canterbury Television building in Christchurch. I would say, if there were to be a combined city, it would make more sense having the council operation closer to the biggest population and that would be closer to the Lower Hutt centre. Realistically, we have got the biggest expansion of business here in the CBD. Lower Hutt s civic adminis- tration building is part of a His- toric Places Trust-registered clus- ter of compatibly-styled buildings that includes St Paul s Church, the Lower Hutt Library and Little Theatre, the horticultural hall and the town hall complex. Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy did not return calls within our deadline. NEWS 528 9654 PHONE US AT
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