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Upper Hutt Leader : October 19th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 19, 2011 LETTERS Ph: 528 7588 (24hrs) 15 Geange Street, Upper Hutt "When quality counts" Fo rProfessional Advice on Flooring WE HAVE IT COVERED! U 103863R 3609155AH 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 Email firstname.lastname@example.org chrishipkins.org.nz labour.org.nz 04 528 5715 Contact: email@example.com 021 270 9113 3489075 PAUL SWAIN UPPER HUTT REGIONAL COUNCILLOR UPPER HUTT DENTAL CENTRE Quality Care/Realistic Fees Up to the minute Dentistry •IV Sedation • Wisdom Teeth/Fillings •ACC & WINZ quotes • Urgent appointment at short notice • Late nights & Saturday appointments available Walter P Szeto BDS and Associates Cnr Main & Royal St, Upper Hutt Ph 920 0882 / 528 2458 REUNIONS St Brendan's School, Heretaunga, 50th jubilee, October 28 to 30, 2011. Email: stbrendans50thjubilee @gmail.com, phone 939 1909, website: stbrendans.school.nz. Upper Hutt Col- lege 50th, April 6 to 8, 2012, website upper hutt.school.nz/jubilee, email: hepburnh@ upperhutt.school.nz or phone 527 8749. Otago Boys' High, 150th, 2013. Contact details for all pupils who have attended the school since 1863 needed. Website: obhsfoundation.co.nz or contact the school s foundation office, P O Box 5077, Dunedin, or phone 477 8977. 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. Is parking fee proposal a bad joke? CONTINUED Page 11 One must assume the 11-person council proposing parking fees for our beloved but tinpot little town is merely a let s test the waters effort, or an April Fool s joke saved for October. I live in Upper Hutt. I love it. But I would never pay to park and shop here. There is simply not enough here to warrant that. I can drive to Lower Hutt, park free, and have a huge mall and other shops available to me. Although I always patronise Upper Hutt shops initially, needs often compel one to travel further afield. My husband has had a stroke. Like so many people living in Upper Hutt, disabled, elderly etc, he has to rely on the disabled parks to be close to banks etc. People with disabilities often have higher calls on their income and now our council would ensure more dollars are drawn from meagre incomes. In my travels around our village, I have noted that most car parks have 60 and 120-minute time limits. We have traffic wardens policing this. How is it possible for a commuter to park for longer than that in the streets of our fair city ? To our city councillors, don t do this. C J HAMMOND, Upper Hutt Council seeks guidance Council is also currently asking for guidance from the public on 22 proposed projects, as part of its pre-consultation on the long term plan for 2012-2022. This particular project would see the introduction of parking meters, with the collected annual income being utilised to fund projects which would enhance the CBD. To make a submission on this or any of the proposed projects please go to the following link (surveymonkey.com/s/ltp2012- 22preconsultation) or survey forms are available at the main council building, Central Library and the i-SITE. This feedback will help guide the councillors as to which projects should be included or not, in the draft LTP 2012-22. This draft document will then be formally consulted on in April 2012, where further written and oral submissions from the public will be sought. CHRIS UPTON, chief executive officer, Upper Hutt City Council Is CBD worthy of fees? The same initial reasons for slapping parking fees onto the CBD area of Lower Hutt is being touted for Upper Hutt. These reasons included road calming and benefits to local business/commerce. It started with low charges in Lower Hutt but the low has since disappeared. When I was executive director of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, the majority of the CBD retail sector and other commercial interests in Lower Hutt wanted parking to return to being free but with restrictive parking times in certain areas. But, said the Hutt City Council, it s (parking meters etc) revenue for us. Do you want your rates to increase as a consequence of returning to free parking, they (the HCC) asked? And so it is with Upper Hutt. The move towards a parking fee regime is a ploy for revenue gathering. Free parking and a less- restrictive limited parking times was a point of difference between Wellington s CBD and Lower Hutt -- and Lower Hutt retail benefited when that scenario was present. One must also ask: Is Upper Hutt s CBD worthy of spending money to park a car. MICHAEL ROMANOS, Silverstream Council 'should be ashamed' Shame on you UHCC. The free parking in Upper Hutt CBD is one of the many reasons I love living here. I have taken great pleasure in announcing to surprised out-of- towners that No, we won t require parking money today . As a resident of Upper Hutt I forfeit the wider variety of Lower Hutt shopping as I prefer to support our local businesses. However, I drive a very economical vehicle, and can quite likely get to and from Lower Hutt for the same price as an average two-hour parking fee. Should I be required to pay parking fees I will be taking my custom elsewhere, for example to Queensgate mall, where the parking is free and I can get all that I require. This is quite clearly a blatant revenue gathering scheme, the council has said as much themselves, they should be ashamed. KATE ANDERSON, Upper Hutt Free parking most positive aspect The most positive feature of shopping in Upper Hutt is that we have free parking. I always say to people not from Upper Hutt why would I shop anywhere else when you have to pay parking fees. Not to mention the inconvenience of having to find coins to feed the meters. I encourage Upper Hutt residents to oppose paid parking and vote out at next election any council member that supports or votes for parking meters. This will result in more empty shops and Upper Hutt shoppers choosing to leave Upper Hutt for the better variety shopping in Lower Hutt or Porirua. TERESA HOMAN, Upper Hutt Not a boost for retailers? Your headline $800k boost says it all. But a boost to whom? Not the struggling Upper Hutt retailers, for sure. What could be more of a disincentive to local shoppers? Like Petone free parking is a major attraction and a real positive. Now a definite negative is on the cards. Surely the present warden can keep the long stayers moving? Why punish us all for the selfishness of a few. The bus to Queensgate is more and more attractive. Lots of us want to shop in Upper Hutt, don t make it any harder. MARY FOWKE, Upper Hutt Revenue will hurt shops It is with concern that I read your article regarding parking fees to be charged in Upper Hutt. What makes the council even think of putting such a move into place? Upper Hutt has enough trouble attracting customers to spend their money in the city, the shops asawholearenotofsucha standard that makes them better than Lower Hutt or Wellington. If the council siphons off up to $800,000 from the shopping public which has a large proportion of retired and disabled persons that have a very limited amount of disposable income the shops who now are hanging on with great difficulty will have even more problems. You say that all day parkers are taking more than their fair share of car parks and that the parks are not turning over enough. I can only ask where are the parking wardens, are they not doing their job properly? A quick survey of the available parks in town show a maximum time limit of 120 minutes except for a few at 180 minutes behind Smith City and the Ascot. So what s the problem? JEAN-PIERRE HAMMOND, Upper Hutt Proposal 'potty idea' The proposal to implement paid parking in Upper Hutt seems like a potty idea to me. And to say that the money raised would be used to enhance the central business district? Yeah right! Doing what? I think that the Main St, viewed from either end has great appeal, especially on a sunny day. The money spent on it recently has had little overall effect. All parking spaces are clearly marked for time allowed, so how come cars are parked all day in the same spot without being pinged? What will happen around the Countdown area and around the the medical centre? On another matter, Benjamin Ormsby s suggestion of building stone cairns on all the roundabouts would certainly put Upper Hutt on the map. If any of these works of art ever got finished and for obvious reasons Araldited together, nobody would have a field of vision and accidents would be the order of the day. So a cure for tagging -- sulphuric acid. A large tank could be kept at the back of the police station and into it could be dropped anyone caught tagging or doing poor quality graffiti. PETER WELLINGTON, Upper Hutt (abridged)
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