It’s pay for play time. Parents, bring your cheque books. John Morrison and colleagues delay a positive vote on artificial pitches by three months and end up with one pitch, part funded by the private sector, meaning low income families may not be able to afford for their kids to play with the rich kids. At least it’s a result:
“Wellington will have one, maybe two, more artificial sports fields to cut the number of cancelled games next winter. Wellington City Council voted last night to pay $1.1 million to build an artificial playing surface for Wakefield Park in Island Bay.
The private sector has pledged $500,000 to help build the pitch. The council will build a second, if another $500,000 in private funding can be found in the next few months.
The cost of using the turf is estimated at $3 to $4 a player per game.”
Who’s going to vote for these two ‘villains’ in the words of Iona Pannett.
“The heated debate at last night’s council meeting – the last before next month’s elections – belied the final result: 13 voted to go ahead, councillors Rob Goulden and Bryan Pepperell did not.”
“Iona Pannett was worried that councillors who voted against the proposal would be labelled “villains”. “I don’t like being in this position.”
Thanks must be given to John Bishop and Marcus Ganley for making this an election year issue.