The letter speaks for itself.
This email suggests that Alison Park development supporters vote for some new people for Waiheke Board in these elections. The sluggish progress we appear to have made to date has been significantly a result of the absence of active support from the current Board and the lengthy requirements of Council processes. Both are essential to the project. Council is now restructuring the Property dept. systems and again delaying the weeding ,soil assessment and planting.
Since our submissions to the Board 2 ½ years ago they have stopped us applying for Grants, not responded to our request for a Partnering Agreement, and leased the building to the Waiheke Resources Trust. They approved our suggested Park Plan produced by Annette Campion but last week gave the Waiheke Resources Trust permission to plant fruit trees in the park sighting them in a position contrary to the Park Plan and in a cold damp position that will not succeed. Council Parks officers told us we would have a primary role in the Park development, talked to us about requirements for Kauri dieback protection, gave us approval for signage and the use of the shed and then withdrew their decisions or referred us to other officers. This contradictory decision making stops us acting to involve the wider community in the project in line with the approved new Park Plan.
Some of the new candidates with much experience in Governance and management in work systems also have professional expertise in Parks and Gardens and support our approach. They include Cath Handley, Bob Upchurch, Irene Armstrong, Jim Hannan and Jo Holmes. We suggest that you ask these candidates their intentions for the Park. It would be great for the Island if some new and enthusiastic people are voted onto the Waiheke Board so that we can more readily realize the vision for Alison Park.
Friends of Alison Park. 20.9.16
As I said yesterday:
"One of the saddest aspects of the current Waiheke Local has been its refusal to take the views of the community into account. This exclusivity has only served to deepen divisions on the island. Current Board members seeking re-election, and those who have tied themselves to their coat tails, might well live to regret their selective deafness as other community groups take similar action against those who have failed them so badly."