In general, our elected members of local councils do a good job but when they make a bad decision it really affects us all.
The regional council made the decision to start charging for school buses and traffic chaos during school terms followed. Reversing this decision would take years to correct, with senior students continuing to use their cars.
The city council allowed Trustpower to move into a new building in Durham Street without parking attached. This, in my opinion, killed the local shops. Visiting the CBD is not a pleasant experience. The last time I visited was to discuss what was planned for the rebuild of the council building. I suggested that they go up two floors, making the ground floors parking for their staff and visitors but the suggestion was dismissed. The only solution to the parking situation is to send Trustpower back to their Te Maunga site and free up all the car parking leased seven days a week. But most of the shops will have gone by then.
The Western Bay Council is now between a rock and a hard place with Maori attempting to influence the elected members. In my opinion councils should only be made up of councillors elected by the ratepayers.
P Turmer, Pyes Pa.