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Upper Hutt Leader : November 23rd 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service Mavala Mini Angels he very last drop! Mavala Angels, mini colours, 12 festive shades. $9.99 each Radius Pharmacy - 53 Main Street, Upper Hutt T: 04 528 4808 F: 04 528 1440 E: email@example.com Mon to Fri: 8am - 8pm Sat, Sun & Public holidays: 9am - 6pm Maymorn hearings 'public charade' By COLIN WILLIAMS The city's hearings of public submissions about the long-term development of Maymorn began yesterday evening but one strong anti'' voice will not be there. Trentham resident Phil Thom- son was going to take the option to speak to the hearing in support of his submission but he has now opted out because he has abso- lutely no faith in the council, the councillors or the sham process''. The hearings, which will be fol- lowed by a December 8 councillors' vote to decide if the long-term project will go to a formal plan- ning stage, will be nothing more than a public charade,'' Mr Thom- son says. I have decided not to waste my time, and yours, going through the motions,'' he says in a letter to the mayor, Wayne Guppy, and the 10 city councillors. Public statements by the city's elected representatives from the release of the Maymorn Structure Plan offering their excited sup- port'' show the consultation under way now amounts to nothing more than another cynical effort to give the impression that this council is prepared to listen when in reality it is not'', he says. Mr Thomson's written sub- mission will still be one of the 470 received by the city but he will not be lining up with the more than 80 people choosing to speak to their mayor and council in person. This and other recent poor decisions have eroded my con- fidence in the council. I will wait to say my bit about all this to inde- pendent commissioners if they get involved [in further hearings],'' Mr Thomson says. Earlier decisions dismaying Mr Thomson included the council's rush'' to formally lobby for the removal of fluoride from the water supply. I sat through the annual plan hearings,'' he told the Leader. About 40 submissions calling for the fluoride removal were received and the decision made quickly and with no analysis or awareness of the ramifications, he says. They hadn't consulted with anyone and I took no confidence from seeing that. The process they use is very shonky.'' Mr Thomson says he has talked to Mr Guppy and individual coun- cillors and believes their minds are already made up. A number of them have come out and said what a wonderful thing it is and how excited they are. It's a silly process and they are just playing a game. I think their minds are closed and they are wasting our time,'' he says. In his written submission Mr Thomson says the council's unfair, insensitive and self- serving actions suggest it cannot be trusted''. Public confidence in the council's planning process and management will collapse if this continues,'' he warns. A rezoning of the area and the implied use of coercive measures by council to take over would be a gross abuse and misuse of the council's powers and will be legally challenged,'' he says. Released in June after several years of planning, the Maymorn Structure Plan is a detailed plan- ning project which could take more than 20 years to be com- pleted. It touted a sustainable village community'' of up to 1800 residences accommodating more than 4000 people for the rural val- ley, centred on Maymorn and Parkes Line roads. Three more days of hearings of the Maymorn submissions follow the hearing yesterday. They are tomorrow; Wednesday, November 30; and Thursday, December 1. Daisy driving company wins award Happy customer: Upper Hutt resident Joyce Hook, 93, is one of Mrs Moore's regular customers for medical appointments and grocery shopping. Mrs Moore says Mrs Hook is inspirational. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN An Upper Hutt business less than two years old has won a category of the Westpac Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Lynda Moore's Driving Miss Daisy franchise won the small business category. Ascot Cinemas was a finalist in the innovation category. Mrs Moore says she is the first Driving Miss Daisy fran- chise to put three cars on the road and the first to win an award like the chamber's. Mrs Moore, who had a back- ground as a personal assist- ant in real estate and working with Barnardos bought the Upper Hutt franchise in February last year. Her business has grown so quickly she now has three cars and has employed Bruce McLachlan and former taxi driver Kaye Jackson, both fabulous'' people. She says she is indebted to them for their hard work. It is the people contact Mrs Moore loves most, taking clients as young as preschool to kindergarten, and into their 90s shopping and to appointments. Helping people is a good feeling and the most rewarding, satisfying job I've ever had. I've met so many wonder- ful people.'' Many trips Mrs Moore does are ferrying clients to doctor and hospital appointments. When grocery shopping with a client, once she has the person safely inside their house, she will put frozens in the freezer so the person can take their time with other items. It is a fine line between giv- ing assistance and taking away a person's indepen- dence, she says. She would like to eventu- ally add a mobility vehicle to her fleet.
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