Election beat ... word on the street
A small survey of Invercargill residents reveals most don't care about next month's local body elections; but for those that do, the inner-city upgrade is the issue of most concern.
The informal survey of 25 people in Esk St this week revealed the local body elections do not loom large in the thinking of many.
Fourteen of those spoken to said they did not care and the remaining 11 said they did, but only to varying degrees.
Of those that did care, the $12 million inner-city upgrade loomed large as the most important issue they believed councillors should be campaigning on.
Several voters believed the money could be better spent elsewhere, while others questioned certain details in the CBD upgrade.
The one-laning of each side of Dee and Tay streets was unpopular with some and the planned work at the east end of Esk St also received a negative response from several people.
Sue Larson said the CBD needed a tidy-up but she believed the $12m price tag was too excessive and the plan could be pared back.
Another man said the upgrade plans ''aren't right, and I don't agree with anything about them''.
He believed local designers had not been given a fair go at coming up with a plan.
It was not all about the CBD upgrade, however.
One woman said she wanted city councillors to start focusing on retaining the city's youth, while another said it was time for the ''old boy's network'' on the council to be pushed aside for newcomers.
Several people spoken to were from out of town and had their own concerns with their own councils.
June Peterson,of Edendale, said roading and footpaths were her big concern.
The roads had potholes and the footpaths needed fixing, she said.
The people who didn't care about the elections said they were not interested in politics, they hadn't thought about it, they didn't know anything about the council candidates and they didn't believe anything they said would make a difference anyway
- © Fairfax NZ News
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