Small towns 'miss out on repairs'

A Waitara community board member has taken his council to task about the lack of maintenance carried out around the town.

In his report to the town's community board meeting last week, Trevor Dodunski cited several areas which needed urgent attention, including the state of the town's footpaths.

There were also issues around Waitara High School.

In addition to his report, Dodunski also passed around photographs that he had taken of the trouble spots.

He said he had spoken to some of the town's residents who told him they had already been in touch with the New Plymouth District Council about the issues.

"They have complained and complained over the past five years with no result," Dodunski said.

He said when he looked around the town there was little evidence of work being carried out by council and that was unfair.

"We pay the same rates as everybody else," he said.

Another community board member Bill Simpson also questioned the length of time council had taken to resolve some of the long-standing issues.

"We really need a plan that's going to fix it," he said.

This call was supported by councillor John McLeod, who said similar concerns had been raised by Inglewood residents.

"Waitara isn't the only small community to have issues," he said.

McLeod said issues raised by Dodunski and others on the board needed to be included as part of council's future planning.

"It's not an immediate fix," he said.

As an interim measure, the community board resolved to meet council manager water and wastes Mark Hall to table their concerns.

Taranaki Daily News