OPINION: Suppose you want to renovate your house. You tell an architect what you want, he develops a draft plan and costs it and presents it to you for discussion, modification if necessary and agreement.
The Invercargill City Council took a different approach with the inner-city upgrade.
It consulted ratepayers and inner-city businesses at the front end of the process and then acted like a dictator at the end by adopting the plan without discussing it or the costs with the community.
Before anything else is done, the community must be informed about the plan, the costs and where where the money is going to come from.
Dave Rohan is a candidate for the Invercargill City Council. - Editor
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