Boat trailer parks big stakeholder concern

LETTER

Re: Makeover for harbour next year, December 30 story.

Although not totally opposed to the concept of the planned development to the inner harbour, I do feel, and I’m not alone on this, that the council has sought to do too much and this will have a serious impact to the stakeholders in and around the inner harbour. Yes there have been discussions with some stakeholders but it appeared that from those who did attend meetings based on email lists that many were not informed of the plans. Now was this intentional by council or not? I believe it was.

Parking for both boat trailers, 22 in total, and general parking is a big concern for stakeholders. I do not think they have gone in any way to properly address the lack of boat trailer parking given the size of our boating/fishing fraternity. Having viewed the concept plans which I believe is also the final draft, it seems to many that the council has not taken one bit of notice of any of the suggestions or concerns by those who have attended meetings.

The planned beautification of the inner harbour sought by the mayor, chief executive and council is more aimed at getting the general public to make use of the inner harbour rather than those who actually have a reason to be down there and with little regard that our port is a working port unlike other ports where industry has been relocated allowing redevelopment to take place.

As I have stated in other comments I have made regarding the failings of council, the GDC needs to rethink some of its priorities and where its loyalty to the community lies. Surely money could be better spent on the important issues faced by many in Tairawhiti?

CRAIG MILLER

Re: Makeover for harbour next year, December 30 story.

Although not totally opposed to the concept of the planned development to the inner harbour, I do feel, and I’m not alone on this, that the council has sought to do too much and this will have a serious impact to the stakeholders in and around the inner harbour. Yes there have been discussions with some stakeholders but it appeared that from those who did attend meetings based on email lists that many were not informed of the plans. Now was this intentional by council or not? I believe it was.

Parking for both boat trailers, 22 in total, and general parking is a big concern for stakeholders. I do not think they have gone in any way to properly address the lack of boat trailer parking given the size of our boating/fishing fraternity. Having viewed the concept plans which I believe is also the final draft, it seems to many that the council has not taken one bit of notice of any of the suggestions or concerns by those who have attended meetings.

The planned beautification of the inner harbour sought by the mayor, chief executive and council is more aimed at getting the general public to make use of the inner harbour rather than those who actually have a reason to be down there and with little regard that our port is a working port unlike other ports where industry has been relocated allowing redevelopment to take place.

As I have stated in other comments I have made regarding the failings of council, the GDC needs to rethink some of its priorities and where its loyalty to the community lies. Surely money could be better spent on the important issues faced by many in Tairawhiti?

CRAIG MILLER

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