Not in Waikanae but Paraparaumu, however, a contributor suggested that we go and inspect these ugly rusting steel pots which someone in the council organised and the ratepayer paid for.
We are told they were placed there to stop cars using the pedestrian area between the two parking lots. The obvious problem, apart from their appearance, is that they are leaving rust stains on the tiles/bricks.
So how much did they cost? $300 each? Nope. $500? Not even close — the bill for ratepayers was $2,100 a piece! There are 9 there, but there is an obvious ring where there must have been a 10th which has been removed, so a total of $21,000…
Yet another example of an out of control council.
Waikanae watcher said:
We were also told that the vendor was a friend of the person in the council who ordered them, hence the inflated price. It would be possible to rescue the situation by having these awful things painted, but they’ve been there several months from the look of it and the council doesn’t care.