“Our Kiosk needs saving”, is the cry from the community after KCDC proposed demolishing the kiosk at Maclean Park and filling it in with sand — notwithstanding the fact there is a beach full of it less than a 100 metres away!
The council paper to the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board on the Kiosk is an indictment of the way council staff avoid consultation.
The officers had hoped the community board would just rubber stamp it.
But this community board is made of sterner stuff. They rejected it.
Then we have the unedifying spectacle of the Mayor riding to the rescue of council staff like a cowboy in a western movie just as the council paper is encircled by angry residents — and speaking at the community board meeting as a concerned citizen claiming he knew a plumber and a builder who would repair the kiosk.
What is also amazing is the council paper negates its own recommendation namely that council can’t afford to fix the building.
Yet it has set aside $109,000 in its budget. It would cost $60,000 to fix yet $110,000 to demolish the building and fill it in with sand.
The kiosk could be used as a drop in facility or providing information on Kapiti Island or even an i-site.
These options the council failed to consider.
The Kiosk has a long history of being occupied by Grey Power volunteers who presence has deterred vandalism and crime at MacLean Park.
Meanwhile, Dale Evans a community activist is fully occupied collecting signatures to a petition opposing the removal of the Kiosk building.