So some councillors are not big fans of Foxton having a community board (Foxton board's fate in public hands, July 12).
I sincerely disagree. Clearly, Foxton and surrounds have not done well since the 1989 Local Government Reforms and enforced amalgamations which took away any real decision making by local people.
All I see are local contractors who cannot get contracts with HDC, an un-heated public swimming pool, exorbitant refuse fees, no long-promised and desperately needed library, chronic water quality, both in the waterways and for drinking and sewerage straight into the Manawatu River loop. All this because we have no direct say in our own future.
We should look at forming our own council, with local management and administration team to implement locally-made council decisions applicable to this area. We have the talent and expertise to ensure monies accrued through district council and Horizons rates are more effectively spent for our own infrastructural and environmental applications. Remember the old borough councils who had money in the bank, a town clerk and appropriate administration and maintenance staff who knew their patch and could be relied upon? We either consider going it alone or look at forming an alliance with Manawatu District Council. Let the Foxton area be the first small district to tell the government we don't want bigger we want a "say".
- Horowhenua Mail