Kapiti Observer : May 26th 2011
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The truck straddled both lanes after the crash, at 4.30pm, and bitumen from its tank leaked over the road. Firefighters from Paekakariki and Porirua and police spent about two hours cleaning up the road, Mr Walker said. An ambulance crew checked over the 18-year-old driver and the 25-year-old passenger, both from Hutt Valley. An investigation is continuing. Residents express anger over meters By JOEL MAXWELL The spectre of predetermined voting on water meters was raised at annual plan hearings, with one submitter suggesting councillors were entrapped'' into sharing their thoughts with the media. Yesterday, Grey Power rep- resentative Betty van Gaalen said it was disappointing to read there was solid councillor sup- port for meters, outlined in the Kapiti Observer last week. We [Grey Power] need to stress that it is not a good pro- cess on such a contentious issue, and you were probably entrapped into making the statement.'' Fellow Grey Power submitter, and former council candidate, Helene Donaldson suggested that there should be no comments'' from councillors when questioned about issues under consultation. It feels like we should just rip up our submissions and not bother,'' she said. Councillor Ross Church scrambled to distance himself from the story, saying it did not accurately reflect his thoughts and he still has an open mind on the issue. I have not made up my mind,'' he said. Last week, the Observer surveyed councillors on their thoughts in principle about water meters. Nine out of 10 voiced cautious to strong support for meters. At the hearing, Kapiti Water Action Group spokesman Sam Buchanan outlined the group's opposition to the metering pro- posal. Council statements seem to be based on very little local research,'' he said. Much was made of the expec- tation that elderly people . . . would benefit from volumetric charging. We haven't found any evidence to back that assertion. The council has said it has no information on water use by dif- ferent demographic groups on the Kapiti Coast.'' Mr Buchanan said the council planned to launch the Waikanae River recharge scheme, intro- duce meters, buy land for a planned dam, complete the sec- ond stage of the recharge and then eventually build the dam. This plan comes across as being generated by indecisive- ness and a desire to put off costs till the future,'' he said. He said the community was being asked to make submissions on a proposal that did not include the full details about the charging regime. Mayor Jenny Rowan asked Mr Buchanan if there was any infor- mation that could be provided by the council that might change his mind about metering. He said he was not opposed to meters -- but the user-pays sys- tem enabled by metering. User-pays is not a system that I have seen that produces socially equitable results in any way, shape or form,'' he said. The council will vote next month on an amendment to the long-term community plan allowing meter charging. Metering was announced in March as a possibility, with the issue not featuring in October's council elections. If approved, meters would be installed in every Kapiti house- hold by September 2013. Gatecrashers damage house, car About 50 or 60 youths were sent home from a large party in Waikanae on Saturday night after gatecrashers caused a large amount of damage inside and outside the house, police said. The group of 13 to 16-year- olds was having a party at a house in Winara Ave when it got out of control about midnight, and damage was caused to the house, Constable Jason McFar- lane said. While police shut down the party, damage was caused to a police car, he said. They bent the aerials all out of shape, among other things.'' Police were still determining whether to press charges.
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