Thursday August 3, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think of the council’s options for the Island Bay cycleway?
David Gunn, Berhampore “I don’t like any of them. I can’t understand why you need a cycleway on both sides.”
David Mawdsley, Island Bay “I’m peed off it happened in the first place. People have been getting knocked off bikes.”
Leon Schultz, Vogeltown “Rates will be going up. Car parks taken away and it will ruin businesses. Reseal the road and keep it as it is.”
Ephraim Stephens, Hataitai “I’m not sure. They should have kept it the way it was. There are bigger issues to deal with.”
Ketan Bava, Island Bay “People already can’t find parks so I have no support for anything to do with carpark removal.”
Ben Lokum, Island Bay “It should be back to what it was. I saw a cyclist using the road. She said [the cycleway] was too bloody dangerous.”
LETTERS to the editor
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Dear Editor, Your mentions (CSN Jul 27) reminded me, very proud of my British (English) ancestry, how annoyed I was that the team for this recent tour was styled “the British and Irish Lions” instead of the British Isles Lions as on all previous tours. (The Lion has for centuries been the heraldic symbol of Great Britain and of England.) Ireland was partitioned in 1921, so that only Northern Ireland remained in the
Cycleway Nightmare Dear Editor, OMG: So now the truth finally comes out that the shortest cycleway in Woolly Wellington may now get to be the most expensive at a cool $7million. Is it paved with gold? Isn’t it time to have accountability, transparency, and financial prudence exercised by both Councillors and especially Council Officers? How on earth can a bike way be built for $1.2m yet cost $5m more in the trending conversation, when the majority of Island Bay people just liked it the way it was! I think there is a little cliché of urban planners at WCC who have turned our hills into bike tracks now want to destroy our streets. We have a water supply issue in Wellington yet mean-
time throw millions of dollars at these consultation speak-fests with limited outcomes. Heads should roll over this on-going nightmare. Even at the recent meeting at the Church the City Planners just simply don’t get the message that we like cycleways but the planning by WCC was silly, and take it back to how it was, which gave plenty of space for the few cyclists, and there were never any accidents! Now council officers want to push the very same designs on Berhampore and the Eastern suburbs, and a huge cost over-run will happen there as well. Our city is going to the dogs! Rose Wu Kilbirnie
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I hope the world of Rugby Football will revert to the old style of British Isles Lions. Yes, I know the Republic is staying in the European Union while the UK is (thank God!) leaving it; but that doesn’t affect geography or the players’ nationalities. (And now I think of it, I suppose Manxmen have been and will be eligible to play in the Lions, regardless!) H Westfold Miramar
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United Kingdom. However, the Irish Free State (or Irish Republic after 1936), though it left the British Commonwealth in 1949, seemed not to resent the term “British Isles”, simply the name of a geographical region in Europe. In the same way, though the Isle of Man is one of the Queen’s realms, but not part of the UK, residents quoting their full address end it with “British Isles” as a pointer to the location of such a small island and political entity.
Dear Editor, I am a great believer in supporting the community businesses. Last Tuesday I attended the Empire cinema to watch Dunkirk. Great movie, great cinema photography. But alas, the sound was absolutely horrendous. I know you have to have it at a certain level to get the sound effects, but that was far too loud. Through most of the movie I had to cover my ears, because it was absolutely deafening.
There was quite a number of people doing the same. A number of people before us complained it was too loud. This is not the first time this has happened at this cinema. The owners need to realise it is not the Embassy theatre. It is much smaller, therefore the volume of the speakers needs to reflect on the size of the theatre. Disappointed theatre-goer. Mike Smith Houghton Bay
Taking collective action on damp homes A Wellington social enterprise has set about rallying key players to solve the problem of poor quality housing. About 1600 deaths a year are attributed to people living in cold, damp homes. The Sustainability Trust and regional partners gathered last week to discuss a coordinated effort to address housingrelated health issues Organisations with a stake in the issue, including representatives from city councils and regional council, DHBs, government agencies, charitable trusts, research and health organisations, gathered on Thursday last week to discuss a regional housing initiative for Wellington. “Everyone in the room wants Wellington homes to be warm and dry, especially for those families who are on a low income or suffering from housing-related health issues,” Sustainability Trust chief executive Philip Squire said. “But at the moment there are some barri-
ers to doing that – not enough money, policies and laws that give mixed messages.” The Government’s Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes scheme and the recent changes to the Residential Tenancies Act have gone some way to getting New Zealand homes upgraded but there is still work to do, Squire said. A recent study estimated there are 750,000 homes across New Zealand that still need to be insulated. There are still Warm Up subsidies available to low-income families and their landlords, but tale up has been very slow in the past year and funding will expire in June next year. The Healthy Homes Guarantee bill passed its second reading last week, and there is a voluntary rental warrant of fitness scheme soon to be launched in Wellington. It is hoped a steering committee for the regional healthy housing group will be established in the next month.
Published on Aug 2, 2017