A new story. At last we thought the Mayor was going to address the big picture and get down to the issues that really matter to citizens and ratepayers. Our optimism was misplaced however. Actually she was quite lterally talking about a “big picture”.
Mayor Kerry Prendergast wants to create a mecca for urban street art on lower Cuba St which would become a gateway to Wellington’s bohemian quarter.
The plan would see spraycan-wielding artists create “living” street art – not tagging or graffiti – on private buildings, as well as on public property and fixtures.
What do readers think about this idea and are there other more important things we should be debating at this late stage in the campaign. Personally I agree with Celia Wade-Brown that Opera Street Lane is the one that needs serious attention. I digress.
Outside the world of politics and press releases, Wellingtonians think there are some serious issues which need to be addressed. The DomPost reported:
Prudent financial leadership and a focus on core infrastructure such as roading and rubbish collection are the key election issues for voters, a poll shows.
A Dominion Post poll reveals which issues the region’s voters consider most important as Saturday’s local body polling deadline approaches.
The Futurescape poll of 714 Dominion Post readers asked voters to rate 10 issues in terms of importance. Rates and council spending top the list, with 96 per cent of respondents labelling this issue important or very important. Next is infrastructure such as parking, sewerage, water and rubbish, with 95 per cent. Roading and transport issues (93 per cent) come third.
Leadership (87 per cent) and business/economy (87 per cent) also rate highly. However, law and order (82 per cent) and environmental issues (85 per cent) have slipped in importance since the 2007 election – perhaps indicating the effect of the recession.
The poll also found that many voters aren’t voting because they don’t think the council is listening to them.
It also raises serious questions about the level of confidence voters have in their elected representatives, and widespread concerns about councils not listening to constituents.”
This is something the next Mayor and council definately have to fix.