Kapi-Mana News : January 31st 2012
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What about the train waking you and your family day and night and early hours of the morning. Not just been woken but having had a loud noise wake you up with a fright. It s horrible, your heart races and its really hard to go back to sleep. It s not good for your nerves, well being or health. Well, I have had this happen to me on a regularly daily and nightly basis since November 2009. I have challenged KiwiRail, but to no change. The law has been written that the train at the crossing and every time it passes another train has to sound its horn. This mystifies me. When you have barrier arms and bells at a crossing, why is this still necessary? We are in the 21st Century. Can t we do something else but cause noise pollution and put me and others in a position to have broken sleep and potential for heart attacks? I have been told this is to save any probable accidents and lives. I don t agree; if someone wants to walk in front of a train a loud noise will not stop them. People are educated that you arenottobeon,nearorata train track. Barriers and bells should be enough. I hear some of you say move . Why should I, I hear some say why did you move there in the first place? We are away from the train track but on a hill so the sound travels to our house. But there are people whose houses are right beside the track. Please help me out how do you live with this? The train as a noise is a noise you get used to, but the long loud horn sound -- no! Please if you have any really helpful advice or help on how I can pursue this further with KiwiRail or the Government please give me the info. I still feel very strongly that this is a really antiquated practice and needs to be changed. NIKKI O'BRIEN, Tawa. (Abridged) Thanks for bag Editor, I just wanted to shout out a big thank you to a couple in Camborne. I went out New Year s Eve and left my purse in a taxi. I rang the taxi company over three days and I also rang the Porirua Police and nothing had been handed in or found On January 3 I popped into the Porirua Police station to file a lost property form and my bag had just been dropped off by them. I truly appreciate that I got it back and just wanted to say thank you. MICHELLE SIMI, Porirua. Rate limit welcome Editor, As a Porirua ratepayer for the last quarter of a century and current president of the Paremata Residents Association, I was delighted to read in your issue that the Porirua City Council has proposed a long-term financial strategy which includes a plan to limit future rates increases to something close to the CPI. The strategy sounds like the answer to all ratepayers prayers, particularly those who are struggling financially. Young families with increasing mortgage and insurance charges, and other increases in the daily cost of living,and pensioners on fixed incomes will be most appreciative of this excellent initiative. I appreciate that implementation of the strategy will mean considerable belt- tightening for everyone. Services will have to be reduced -- some might even be cut -- and internal council costs will also have to be reduced. There will no doubt be some pain, but I predict the strategy will be warmly welcomed by all city ratepayers. The council s draft Long Term Plan, containing the rates proposal, will be published in April for consultation. Let s all take that opportunity to provide our input and help the council make it work. T H J KNIGHT, Papakowhai. Make do PCC Editor, We don t need a new PCC head office. Just look how well Christchurch council and businesses have coped and they have had the added problem of lost infrastructure too. Portacabins and shipping containers on the old Challenge petrol station site, plus use of some of the empty CBD buildings ratepayers already own, will do council staff just fine until the new Wellington super council is created. PCC management will recommend, and councillors will approve, multi-million dollar loans for a new, grandiose head office. Many PCC managers live outside Porirua, so what do they care if our rates increase. And for councillors, do they have children and grandchildren who will be saddled with the debt, or do their families already wisely live outside Porirua? ANDREW WELLUM, Camborne. Why train delay? Editor, Last year I wrote to you expressing some concern as to the delays being experienced in bringing the new Matangi trains into service. Only some of the delays have been explained. The Greater Wellington Regional Council chair Fran Wilde responded by highlighting my former involvement in the process of bringing them into service but very astutely avoided the question of when they would likely be in full service. The Wellington rail yards now seem full of the new units but they are seen in service relatively infrequently. I and others have witnessed them breaking down between stations at times and the drivers of these units say there are several technical problems to overcome before they will be in reliable general service. The GWRC has a large communications team and I believe their best efforts should now be directed to honestly communicating with the public regarding the actual causes for the delay in bringing these fine units into service, and when we the public can expect to be riding in them on a regular basis. The GWRC may perhaps find this kind of honesty a humbling experience -- but they will also find it is good for the soul. JOHN BURKE, Mana. No bus at all Editor, I refer to a letter [KMN, January 17] titled Where s the bus? G Hazelwood from Papakowhai is very lucky their bus was only absent for five days. Ranui Heights residents have no bus. Wellington Regional Council, who receive part of our rates, decided not enough people were using the bus -- so off it goes. I do not drive a car and relied on the bus. I am in my 82nd year and now have to use taxis. Goodbye to my Goldcard. I was lucky to be entitled to receive a total mobility taxicard but even so, it is costing me much more. Surely as Porirua council must be receiving a great amount of rate money from Ranui Heights, they should make sure there is a reliable bus service for households in the area, not the fiasco we had for a short time of ringing one beforehand to book a place on a bus three times a day going down and three times coming back. Obviously people did not find this convenient. This was set up to fail. L THOMSON, Ranui Heights. Not council's Porirua City Council does not own or operate a bus service. Concerns should be raised with your regional council representatives Jenny Brash and Barbara Donaldson -- Editor.
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