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Upper Hutt Leader : October 19th 2011
14 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 19, 2011 LETTERS ENROL NOW AND VOTE FASTER. Enrol now and you will receive your EasyVote card which makes voting so much easier and faster on Election Day. Easy! To get an enrolment form: Visit our website elections.org.nz Freetext your name and address to 3676 Freephone 0800 36 76 56 Visit any PostShop ENROL NOW VOTE EasyVote EEC0086 FROM Page 11 1 Firstly install cameras so that you have a deterrent and maybe catch the offenders. 2 Get rid of the seating in front of the dairy as it enables the kids to hang around there. 3 Remove all the chewing gum and boards around there. 4 Remove all the old brackets from where the awnings were or replace them. 5 Put up new advertising boards. 6 Remove the tagging as soon as it appears. 7 Paint the whole building. You are targeted because of the state the building is in and the taggers think you don t care. I hope that you take on these suggestions as it will help your business as well as keep the community looking responsible. DONNA HENARE, Upper Hutt Do have your say The 2012-2022 Upper Hutt City Council plan is out, and there are some good projects proposed. It would be very helpful for as many people as possible to have their say now, before things kick off.Obviously there isn t enough money to do them all, and some proposals seem extremely expensive for the benefits they will deliver (eg Fergusson Dr enhancement at $8.5m). However, the overwhelming majority are sensible and worthwhile, such as a roundabout at the Wyndham Rd -- Pinehaven Rd intersection The hard part will come shortly: Deciding how much ratepayers will pay; what new projects will be commissioned and which will be shelved. What isn t visible is a comprehensive value-for-money look at everything business-as- usual that the council does, which would help free up money to be diverted into some of these high value projects rather than raising rates. Hopefully that work is under way with the results to be made public soon. Overall it s good to see this plan building on the strategic vision work that involved everyone who wanted to take part earlier in the year. Submissions close on October 21 (Friday). ADRIAN SPARROW, Upper Hutt Playground safety In reply to John-Paul Holden s letter last week about Maidstone Max, there are 10 bins around the playground. They are cleared under contract Monday, Wednesday, Friday during the year increasing to every day from December 1 to February 10 and all school holidays. The bins should not be overflowing. We will monitor to see if there is a reason. The facility is 10 years old and heavily used. Two slides were closed down following regular inspection, due to the failure of some structural brackets. Repairs to the brackets are currently under way and the slides will reopen shortly. In the meantime signage will be erected advising that they are closed for repair. Some of the mats have come loose through constant use and people have regularly pulled up matting and thrown them around the playground. Some mats have also been stolen. Over the past week quite a large number of mats had been disturbed and Council s contractors have spent some time reattaching the mats. Council is currently investigating other methods of securing the matting on the steep slopes and replacement options for the future. The bark surfacing is due to be replenished as part of our normal maintenance. Council is committed to maintaining the play ground to a high standard. The toilet unit is currently planned to be internally refurbished within the next few weeks. The upgrade will include the replacement of the interior fittings, the removal of the electronic control system, interior decoration and repairs/ replacement of the door. The shade sails, removed at the beginning of winter, are due to be re-erected in time for the summer period. When we review our asset plan for the facility each year consideration is given to future upgrades. LACHLAN WALLACH, director asset management and operations, Upper Hutt City Council Men only -- surely not I ve heard through the grapevine that the National Party candidate for Rimutaka is organising shed meetings as part of his election campaign. Men only. This can t be true. Women s opinions have counted since 1893. ANGELA McLEOD, Whitemans Valley Jonathan Fletcher replies: Her information is incorrect, we haven t been running any shed meetings, male only or otherwise. If she or anyone else in the community would like to host one in her neighbourhood though, I would be happy to attend. Associations under threat Recently the Government passed an ACT Party private members bill making membership of Students Associations voluntary. This ideological ACT Party bill repeals the law passed by National and NZ First in the late 1990s, and has worked well for over a decade. Currently students decide via referendum whether membership of students associations is universal or voluntary -- and at the majority of universities students voted to retain universal membership. Students Associations play an important role at tertiary institutions providing important student services like the food bank or advocacy, and also student representation on the institutions boards the committees. This is why of the 5000 submissions on the ACT Party bill 98 per cent were opposed to the government imposing Voluntary Student Membership (VSM). However National and United Future have chosen to ignore student and public opinion and have supported this ACT bill, meaning many students associations will struggle to survive from 2012 onwards. When National were elected in 2008 under John Key s leadership they tried to paint themselves as a moderate centrist government. National s support for this ACT bill shows that moderate veneer is now wearing very thin indeed. NICK KELLY, Upper Hutt Dog penalties seem unjust Can the Upper Hutt City Council and its dog control department explain away their unjust and misguided application of penalty (revenue) fees for canine and canine ownership mis- demeanours? On one occasion my little super- friendly corgi discovered a hole in my next door neighbour s fence and for a few moments went to investigate noisy dogs close by. Result: A $200 fine. A few doors further down, the neighbour s poorly managed and cared-for dogs have viciously attacked me and my leashed corgi five or six times. Result: no fine allocated to them. MICHAEL ROMANOS, Silverstream FREEsolarline lining on all lined curtain making Jobs for a limited time 20% OFF Deleted terylene stock! Out with the old, in with the new Friends and family coming for CHRISTMAS Nows the Time to start thinking about replacing those curtains 8 Queen Street Upper Hutt SPRING CLEAROUT
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