Because this blog needs to move on to many more issues than the Kelt sports park, I am awarding myself this week’s Guest Buzzmaker column to give my “take” on the Hastings Council’s recent vote on that matter … and indicate what comes next.
The Kelt Park decision — and the manner it was arrived at — raises hugely important issues about how the public’s business gets done in Hawke’s Bay, and Hastings in particular. So my Guest Buzzmaker column will stand for awhile, hopefully to inspire some robust debate about governance in Hastings and its current cast of practitioners.
As our readers well know, BayBuzz has argued relentlessly against the current sports park proposal, and especially against the pretense that it is grounded upon a widely embraced regional strategy for addressing the sports participation, fitness and related social needs of our entire community.
I want to thank the literally hundreds of citizens who have communicated their concerns about the sports park to BayBuzz, encouraging us to speak out for them and challenge the proposal. I daresay that many more — and far more diverse — people have “submitted” their opposition to the proposal to BayBuzz than the small band of organised sporties — half of them cyclists panting for an elite facility — who account for virtually all of the supportive submissions to HDC.
In case any Councillors are under a misconception, BayBuzz, whether on the sports park or on any other issue, is not the voice of one or two individuals. It is the voice for thousands of area citizens who are “sickened” — to use one of Mayor Yule’s favorite words — by the now-prevailing style of “insider” politics and decision-making, insulated from the broad electorate.
And that voice is going to get louder.