Cycle lanes not used, airport terminal fine

LETTER

I’m curious, at exactly what stage do the members of our council lose their common sense, all sense of reality and memory of being a common ratepayer? Is it on being elected or the first walk through the doors of power?

A new cycleway for Rutene Road, according to Larry Foster, will be used by “a new generation of experienced cyclists, to add to the many that already cycle”. I drive around Gisborne every day and I can count on the fingers of both my hands how many cyclists I see in a week. It will “future-proof our piece of paradise”, how? We already have cycle lanes on the roads not being used. They will still be there in the future, ergo future-proofed. There are footpaths on most roads in this city, there you go future-proofed for pedestrians.

Just because the project is fully-funded doesn’t mean it has to proceed, especially when there is not a particular need for it.

Then we have the Mayor praising the Government’s input of $5 million for a new airport terminal. This terminal will apparently cost $10-$12m. No worries, says our fearless leader, “the community will pay the rest”. Replace community with ratepayer.

The majority of ratepayers in this town are on fixed incomes — sorry Mr Foon but you cannot get blood out of a stone, and this rock is desiccated. Unlike you I cannot go to my employer and tell him he will raise my pay by 5 percent.

I’m not a regular visitor to the airport but every time I’ve been the terminal has kept the rain off my head and the wind out of my hair, so I think it does a good job, and it’s not like you’re waiting there for four hours for your connecting flight. Also, when was the last time a government building job came in on time and on budget!

A. Abbott

I’m curious, at exactly what stage do the members of our council lose their common sense, all sense of reality and memory of being a common ratepayer? Is it on being elected or the first walk through the doors of power?

A new cycleway for Rutene Road, according to Larry Foster, will be used by “a new generation of experienced cyclists, to add to the many that already cycle”. I drive around Gisborne every day and I can count on the fingers of both my hands how many cyclists I see in a week. It will “future-proof our piece of paradise”, how? We already have cycle lanes on the roads not being used. They will still be there in the future, ergo future-proofed. There are footpaths on most roads in this city, there you go future-proofed for pedestrians.

Just because the project is fully-funded doesn’t mean it has to proceed, especially when there is not a particular need for it.

Then we have the Mayor praising the Government’s input of $5 million for a new airport terminal. This terminal will apparently cost $10-$12m. No worries, says our fearless leader, “the community will pay the rest”. Replace community with ratepayer.

The majority of ratepayers in this town are on fixed incomes — sorry Mr Foon but you cannot get blood out of a stone, and this rock is desiccated. Unlike you I cannot go to my employer and tell him he will raise my pay by 5 percent.

I’m not a regular visitor to the airport but every time I’ve been the terminal has kept the rain off my head and the wind out of my hair, so I think it does a good job, and it’s not like you’re waiting there for four hours for your connecting flight. Also, when was the last time a government building job came in on time and on budget!

A. Abbott

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w gerrard - 4 months ago
Well said A. Abbott. Typical GDC and Mayor Foon wanting things that are not urgent, and so sick of hearing about more cycleways for Gisborne. We don't need them. Fix the wastewater problem that has been around for, what, three decades! Priorities or to hell, aye GDC!

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