Losing out to business and tourism interests

LETTER

Recently some parks intended for boat trailers in the inner harbour have been painted blue, with no mention as to why, although there was speculation about them being highlighted as “no parking” during cruise ship visits.

So the question was put to the council via its Facebook page and the answer back was: “Yes, correct, the blue lines indicate the boat trailer parks. The first row is dedicated to boat trailers. The middle or second row are ‘shared use’ boat trailers and public parking. Signs will be installed in the coming weeks.”

Now it would seem that the boating community’s available parking has been halved from what has been previously stated both during consultation rounds and publicly.

If there is in fact more car parks available, as has been stated, why then should parks intended for boat trailers be shared?

It is also of note that Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club, the one organisation which should be arguing for the rights of the boating community — of whom a vast majority are members — has truly dropped the ball on this. Their main focus is seeing that contest days are catered for and not the general day-to-day activities of its members and the wider community.

It is about time the boating community woke up to the fact we are being shafted by the council, whose main agenda surrounding the inner harbour is to further business interests and tourism, ie cruise ships.

It was also interesting to note a recent comment in The Gisborne Herald by the Mayor about “carparks in hot tourism areas”. To me this just sums up how the Mayor and the council see their community and ratepayers.

If the Mayor believes that tourism is the saviour to Tairawhiti’s economic woes then he needs to take his head out of the clouds.

Is the Mayor’s reference to “carparks in hot tourism areas” an indication of his personal plans for the development of Tatapouri, given he has purchased camping ground land opposite the boat ramp out there? Are we now to see boaties affected there also? All I can say is watch this space.

Craig Miller

Recently some parks intended for boat trailers in the inner harbour have been painted blue, with no mention as to why, although there was speculation about them being highlighted as “no parking” during cruise ship visits.

So the question was put to the council via its Facebook page and the answer back was: “Yes, correct, the blue lines indicate the boat trailer parks. The first row is dedicated to boat trailers. The middle or second row are ‘shared use’ boat trailers and public parking. Signs will be installed in the coming weeks.”

Now it would seem that the boating community’s available parking has been halved from what has been previously stated both during consultation rounds and publicly.

If there is in fact more car parks available, as has been stated, why then should parks intended for boat trailers be shared?

It is also of note that Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club, the one organisation which should be arguing for the rights of the boating community — of whom a vast majority are members — has truly dropped the ball on this. Their main focus is seeing that contest days are catered for and not the general day-to-day activities of its members and the wider community.

It is about time the boating community woke up to the fact we are being shafted by the council, whose main agenda surrounding the inner harbour is to further business interests and tourism, ie cruise ships.

It was also interesting to note a recent comment in The Gisborne Herald by the Mayor about “carparks in hot tourism areas”. To me this just sums up how the Mayor and the council see their community and ratepayers.

If the Mayor believes that tourism is the saviour to Tairawhiti’s economic woes then he needs to take his head out of the clouds.

Is the Mayor’s reference to “carparks in hot tourism areas” an indication of his personal plans for the development of Tatapouri, given he has purchased camping ground land opposite the boat ramp out there? Are we now to see boaties affected there also? All I can say is watch this space.

Craig Miller

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Ship in the night - 11 hours ago
It's about time the people of Gisborne woke up to the fact that said boat owners are trying their darnedest to blackmail the council to give them the ungivable. Do you think that you are the only ratepayers in this town? I would have thought the parks in the inner harbour would be better utilized for people, not boats. People would be more important than boats. So, come on people of Gisborne/ other ratepayers - don't let these boat people hold us and the council to ransom.
















































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