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The mayor has said that he would like to help Waitara leaseholders but his hands are tied.
I gave a deputation at the New Plymouth District Council last week, and gave them details of how Trevor Klaassen's lease went to arbitration - at no cost to Trevor - in 2005. The result is astounding. His lease was reduced to $2320 from $5775. (The NPDC had attempted to charge him $7070 in negotiations but dropped it to $5775.)
For Andrew Judd to say that he would like to help but that his hands are tied is yet another untruth. If they could, under arbitration paid for by the NPDC, reset Trevor's lease, why can't they do the same for Newbury Place leases? What are fair rental terms for these leases? Why have leases slowly increased since this arbitration advice was received by NPDC in 2005?
Waitara leaseholders are continually let down by NPDC mayors, CEOs, councillors and council officers. There is trouble brewing because of the way that the NPDC has consistently shafted leaseholders. Expect more outbursts from some very upset people.
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