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Thames Hopes and Dreams

The following paper to be presented to the Thames Community Board on Tuesday 4 December on Budget Revisions is attached.

It is well worth reading in order to gain  an appreciation of just how the unelected Thames Focus Group has taken over the TCB's role, and is beginning to make decisions that may well have a substantial effect on our rates into the future.

Some of the fanciful stuff describing the planned urban design project can be placed immediately into the 'dreams' category, but it does reveal the 'back-door' nature of how this talkfest has developed and is now to be funded by the $90k that was allocated in the TYP for 2012-14. To this mere observer, it is a frightening example of what happens when you let a group like this loose with planning our future. It is no longer just a gathering of Strat's like-minded mates over a cuppa to chat - it is a manipulation of our democratic process, initiated by Strat, and for which he must be held accountable. 

The other information about the lack of progress on all the sports facility plans is equally disturbing - lots of talk, but no assurances as yet as to how the promoters are intending to raise their share of the funding required, except perhaps in the case of the Rhodes Park grandstand facility. Nothing from Zoom-Zone, and nothing on the Skate-park - this is all bad news for our erstwhile councilors who were undoubtedly wishing to have something 'concrete' to present to rate-payers leading up to the next election. Don't hold your breath, but undoubtedly they will attempt to put the best possible slant on the lack of progress to date. 




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Reader Comments (4)

Gosh, what a surprise?

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Hmmm, your link doesnt seem to be working? cheers.

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSailing Away works fine as far as I can see.

December 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

Sorry Bill I should have been a bit more specific - the link you have created on this page to the Budget Revisions is not working.

December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSailing Away

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