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  1. Concerned Wellingtonian, 3. June 2020, 9:25

    The words “informal five-page paper” describe the material perfectly. It is a disgrace, unsigned, undated, not suitable for serious consideration by any self-respecting statutory authority.
    No wonder that the WCC prefers to discuss stuff behind closed doors without the public present.
    Finally, let me say that councillors should be properly briefed by senior officers about their duties and these include conduct at meetings including such things as raising Points-of-Order where we saw a very young councillor allowed to go astray a month ago. Councillors, please insist on higher standards, better advice and attributable reports from your officers.

  2. wendy, 3. June 2020, 9:33

    Where is the public in all of this? Why are they being consistently ignored. Why even consider spending huge amounts of money on council staff proposals without authentic public input at the start – not the finish! No way is this genuine public consultation, it is just WCC pushing their agenda to limit public choice. Little wonder the public are frustrated and have no confidence they will ever be heard.

  3. Sarah Romans, 3. June 2020, 9:47

    Please bolt the floors onto the walls quickly and reopen the ‘heart of the city’. Then later at leisure consider the base isolator matter which might require another quick closure, carefully planned.
    The lack of the central library has been so sad over the last two months, when Wgton needed to be showing itself to be caring for all citizens.

  4. Peter S, 3. June 2020, 11:50

    A major flaw in council processes is that public consultation is always done at the end of the planning process, rather than at the beginning. The public consultation on the central library should have started the day after it was closed last year. For major issues like the library, the public consultation should be long, widespread and use multiple methods, like surveys, public meetings (with councillors), social media etc. Not just some boring link from the WCC website. Now a whole year has been lost!

  5. michael, 3. June 2020, 12:58

    Why can’t this council just fix the building as other building owners in Wellington have done, and leave all the fancy upgrades for a few years until we can afford them.

  6. D'Esterre, 3. June 2020, 14:49

    I am right now listening to the Council meeting. It’s as if we the citizens do not exist, and our forcefully-expressed opinions do not matter at all.

    I regret to say it, but it looks to me as if the councillors are – yet again – kicking the can down the road. Less talk, more action, say I. Any chance of that? Lord: was that a pig that just flew overhead?

  7. Sue Esterman, 3. June 2020, 18:55

    Fix the damn building so it can be reopened. Forget about upgrading it inside, let us just use it. Then take all the time you need to work out if we need a new one, in the future.

  8. Northland, 3. June 2020, 19:42

    I agree D’Esterre I think the Council and staff are ignoring this website at the least, and like the crew of the Titanic, they are just sailing on regardless.

  9. Michael Barnett, 3. June 2020, 19:58

    The response to the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes has been a gross overreaction and Wellington is suffering badly. The central library is a wonderful building in the right location. Forget all the consultation and requests for more reports. Get on and fix what is needed and open it up with out further delay. Get on and do it. That’s what the people are asking for.

  10. Hilary Phillips, 4. June 2020, 12:49

    Am I missing something here? Why has the WCC taken so long to even begin to discuss the Central Library? Why are they being so patronising towards the public? Why haven’t they fixed it already, if it needs fixing? Why are they talking about expensive upgrades now? What the hell’s going on?
    When the Library was closed last year, I was away overseas. I immediately emailed the Council, asking what their plans for repairs and reopening were, and was told there weren’t any plans.. What? This is the most used public amenity provided by the Council, and they had no plans for it?
    So now they’ve finally started talking about it, but that’s all they’re doing. No public consultation, no real information – just lots of our money spent on more talking..
    Why are the mayor and councillors being so obtuse and obstructive about this? Just what’s going on? Are we all missing something here?

  11. Alana, 4. June 2020, 16:16

    The work continues on the unwanted convention centre – unwanted I think by most people in Wellington if we had been given a say on it – but nothing has been done to rebuildthe Central Library in over a year. Why doCouncil staff have such power when councillors are elected to make decisions about priorities? The library should be right behind the Town Hall and St James in the priority queue.

  12. Rumpole, 4. June 2020, 19:15

    Hilda and I are both unimpressed by just one developer being given exclusive sole rights to the convention centre site. The City Council needs to be held accountable for this improper favouritism and extravagant expenditure.