Anti- Meter campaigners starting to ‘swamp’ KCDC with submissionsBy Alan Tristram
The Kāpiti anti-water meter group “Ask Us First” says it’s getting a ‘hugely positive’ response from ratepayers for its call to swamp the local council with submissions against meters.
And it says that it has also got the help of a generous private donor to take on the advertising might of the Council with its own campaign of radio and newspaper ads against water meters.
Jackie Elliott ‘delighted’
Campaign leader Jackie Elliott says she’s delighted to find that, wherever she and other campaigners go, people queue up to write ‘No Water Meters’ on submission forms to demonstrate they don’t want the $8 million scheme.
She says when the the Kāpiti Coast District Council ignored a petition by almost 8,000 residents for a district-wide referendum on water meters it effectively showed how little regard it has for its own people — and how blindly committed it is to a solution which has little popular support.
She says: “No elected Council can govern without majority support and nor can it win our hearts and minds by wasting thousands of dollars of ratepayer money on misleading advertising.”
‘Residents have it in their own hands’
Ms Elliott says residents have it in their own hands to demonstrate to the KCDC that they will no longer tolerate a Council which won’t listen and which constantly tries to ride over any opposition.
She says: “Thanks to a generous private donation, anti-water meter campaigners are able to carry out a radio advertisement campaign on BeachFM, running until the submissions close off.’
“And there will be three public notices in the local papers, trying to assure the public that making a submission is easy by just writing ‘No Water Meters’ on a submission form.”