Crowd Makaraka, or develop outer areas?

LETTER

Re the proposed A&P housing development, they need to take it to the wider community.

Gisborne city is already overloaded — with GDC stating: “We will not be signing off and allowing houses to connect to water mains due to the mains being overloaded as is.” GDC has also said to locals surrounding the A&P Showgrounds that they cannot connect to the town sewerage system for 10-15 years. At this stage sewerage is not on their plans out Makaraka way for a long time to come.

My question is, if GDC has already said it will not allow locals to connect to water mains and sewerage, how can it have a development to house 300 connect to these amenities?

Outer areas like Patutahi and TK would be a perfect space for a development.

If we want to build our community we need to go wider, not on top of. A development to house 300 should have the potential to grow. The Showgrounds will be limited to expand to the desirable 2000-plus.

Why not grow small business while you are at it. If this goes ahead at the Showgrounds, small business will not develop; it will only overcrowd the already existing businesses.

If this development is taken out of the city centre to surrounding small towns, it will provide numerous wider opportunities for small business to develop outside of the city centre — not to mention job opportunities for locals outside of town.

If you want to grow a community, don’t just grow the population and the problems, grow the opportunities.

Sam Gray

Re the proposed A&P housing development, they need to take it to the wider community.

Gisborne city is already overloaded — with GDC stating: “We will not be signing off and allowing houses to connect to water mains due to the mains being overloaded as is.” GDC has also said to locals surrounding the A&P Showgrounds that they cannot connect to the town sewerage system for 10-15 years. At this stage sewerage is not on their plans out Makaraka way for a long time to come.

My question is, if GDC has already said it will not allow locals to connect to water mains and sewerage, how can it have a development to house 300 connect to these amenities?

Outer areas like Patutahi and TK would be a perfect space for a development.

If we want to build our community we need to go wider, not on top of. A development to house 300 should have the potential to grow. The Showgrounds will be limited to expand to the desirable 2000-plus.

Why not grow small business while you are at it. If this goes ahead at the Showgrounds, small business will not develop; it will only overcrowd the already existing businesses.

If this development is taken out of the city centre to surrounding small towns, it will provide numerous wider opportunities for small business to develop outside of the city centre — not to mention job opportunities for locals outside of town.

If you want to grow a community, don’t just grow the population and the problems, grow the opportunities.

Sam Gray

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ex-Gisbornite, Whangarei - 2 months ago
When I moved north 35 years ago Whangarei harbour was polluted by sewage overflows and leaking septic tanks all along the harbour side, particularly after heavy rain. We now have reticulation, treatment and filtration into wet lands, and clean water now enters the harbour. Storage for sewage, should there be power cuts in severe storms, has been built in all along the harbour. Completed over a period of two years, the scope of this project included construction of:

15 pumping stations and associated emergency storage facilities, electrical control and telemetry systems

23,000 metres of pressure pipeline using polyethylene pipe of diameters up to 280mm

13,500 metres of gravity pipelines

230 manholes

All householders were given five years to pay off by instalments. It saddens me that Gisborne is still allowing overflows into rivers and the ocean when it will never be cheaper than now. Love Gisborne.

Ex Gisbornite

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