Priorities seem mixed up

LETTER

I’m relatively new to Gisborne but I do wonder how our city became so needy. It seems that infrastructure renewal and maintenance has been overlooked in favour of nice-to-haves.

I saw a council building which actually looked ok being demolished and another being built in the same place. Would it not have been cheaper to strengthen and renovate the old one?

Our sewage is going into the rivers and the sea, yet we are talking about putting a foot bridge over the top of that. Surely the health problem should be sorted first.

We have a beautiful and expensive-looking theatre but our swimming pool has antiquated and inadequate changing and hygiene facilities.

Our parks are actually not too bad, but I haven’t seen a fenced and secure park which caters for autistic or disabled kids.

We need safe cycling paths but there are so many other great ideas being raised which will use up money we don’t actually have.

This is a poor city and many ratepayers can’t withstand higher rates, so maybe we should reassess priorities.

Come on Meng Foon, this has happened under your watch so please stop building monuments and deal with the more necessary and practical stuff. Thank you.

Mary-Ann de Kort

I’m relatively new to Gisborne but I do wonder how our city became so needy. It seems that infrastructure renewal and maintenance has been overlooked in favour of nice-to-haves.

I saw a council building which actually looked ok being demolished and another being built in the same place. Would it not have been cheaper to strengthen and renovate the old one?

Our sewage is going into the rivers and the sea, yet we are talking about putting a foot bridge over the top of that. Surely the health problem should be sorted first.

We have a beautiful and expensive-looking theatre but our swimming pool has antiquated and inadequate changing and hygiene facilities.

Our parks are actually not too bad, but I haven’t seen a fenced and secure park which caters for autistic or disabled kids.

We need safe cycling paths but there are so many other great ideas being raised which will use up money we don’t actually have.

This is a poor city and many ratepayers can’t withstand higher rates, so maybe we should reassess priorities.

Come on Meng Foon, this has happened under your watch so please stop building monuments and deal with the more necessary and practical stuff. Thank you.

Mary-Ann de Kort

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John Robinson - 15 days ago
Totally agree Mary-Ann. I recently read that our rates are to increase by 4 to 6.5%. The new council buildings were about $11.5 million and had been transfered to GHL so as not to increase rates . . . however, they also stated that our roads were in desperate need of a $36 million injection.
Are the Tairawhiti Roads managers out of their league?
Nine years of Anne Tolley's government and nothing to show for it except half a bridge at the bottom of Traffords Hill and a few passing lanes.
And now the council wants to waste our rates on a walking bridge to cross the Cut to the old slipway. This is insane and must be stopped.

Mat B - 15 days ago
The silliness of building a clip on to the existing road bridge . . . . What's wrong with using the rail bridge 40 metres away? It's not as though it has much traffic on it now, or ever more. Forestry won't use it because rail is too expensive compared to trucking. The odd time a tourist boat arrives, so what if they have to board the steam train on the western side of a nice walkway. And surely it must be easy to lay a smooth platform on it for walking and cycling. Pikitahi bridge in Taneatua has had the same applied and it is cycle-safe. And who's doing this work. At $1.2 million to $1.5m, is it gold plated? Obviously some outgrown consultancy reaping or raping our already dwindling coffers.