The Coastal Ratepayers group says ‘sex and prostitution have guzumped the message Councillor Gurunathan was bringing.’
It says that message was about the serious flaws in the Proposed District Plan (PDP).
Christopher Ruthe, chair of the Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU), says: ” Retired (Environment Court)Judge Allin had prepared her evidence for the hearings on the PDP. In doing so, she found serious flaws in the PDP.
“Her passing reference to commercial sex was a fleeting example of problems with the PDP, a few lines in 122 pages.”
Media ‘beating up’ story
Mr Ruthe says it’s distressing to see the media ‘beating up a titillating story rather than challenging readers and listeners to ask why our PDP is so bad.’
He adds: “We are fortunately having the opportunity to work with a new Council.
“Mayor Church has said he is wanting co-operation and community participation in getting things right. He has put strategies in place to achieve this.”
In a further criticism of the PDP, he says it is so badly written it is unintelligible in parts.
“I believe everyone involved knows it needs drastic amendment. The question is –will it be more cost effective to work on redrafting the faulty parts of the PDP or to withdraw it and start afresh,” he says.
“This is the question KCDC needs to answer in the coming months. It is understandable that they want input from two experts to advise on the best way ahead.
“We need constructive debate. We do not need labeling. Whether a person is an anarchist, a Malaysian or mislabeled an evangelical is irrelevant and leads to degenerate debate and not enlightenment.”