Unfair to cut rural again

LETTER

Re: Representation mix best set independently, March 24 letter.

Perhaps Tony Robinson has forgotten that the rural wards lost two councillors, six down to four, in the last six-yearly review and the urban area increased from eight to nine.

I agree, technically we don’t need 10 councillors to serve the city, but it would be very unfair to the rural area if that representation was reduced to three and the wards became even more geographically enormous. So to retain four rural wards, the city ward councillors will need to increase by one. Over time ideally we need to see an injection of “industry” on the Coast so more people return home and the population stops declining.

Ultimately the decision is set independently by the Local Government Commission, on advice from the local area.

Pat Seymour, Tawhiti Uawa ward

Re: Representation mix best set independently, March 24 letter.

Perhaps Tony Robinson has forgotten that the rural wards lost two councillors, six down to four, in the last six-yearly review and the urban area increased from eight to nine.

I agree, technically we don’t need 10 councillors to serve the city, but it would be very unfair to the rural area if that representation was reduced to three and the wards became even more geographically enormous. So to retain four rural wards, the city ward councillors will need to increase by one. Over time ideally we need to see an injection of “industry” on the Coast so more people return home and the population stops declining.

Ultimately the decision is set independently by the Local Government Commission, on advice from the local area.

Pat Seymour, Tawhiti Uawa ward

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