The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1914. OLD AKAROA SCHOOL. SITE.
The pulliDg down of the old school is now completed, and the old school section clear of the building would be a great improvement to the borough were it laid out in gardens and pretty approaches made to the beach. This would make the beach far move at tractive to visitors, while the gardens planted there would be picturefque and in ton cpntre of the town. The I acquiring for the borough would certainly grpatly improve the appearancp of 'hp town were it laid out as sue the Council also having in view erecting its municipal building there at gome later time. The rebuilding of the post office will make a vast difference to the appenance of this portion of the town, find by improving this section also by laying it out in gardens there would be a very pretty centre for the town easily accessible to both ends of the borough, close to the baths and beach. The residents cf Akaroa must, as other places have done, go to a good deal of expense to attract the tourietp, and without doubt the improvement, suggested would be a wise fxpendi. ture in this direction. We know Akaroa has many natural beauties, and many up-to-date conven''S ences not enjoyed by residents in other, towns. Any additional tions would, however, add to the favour of our popular resort, while the Council could secure a site for their chambers, which must at some future date be rebuilt, that would be second to none in the town. The price asked for this section is by no means exorbitant, and even if the Council went to the poll we are sure the residents would support them. The annual interest and sinking fund on the outlay of £800, which, we understand, would secure the site, would only be about £40, arid this would be paid off in a 32 years' term probnbly. The acquiring of this site i would make a great difference to the popularity of the baths, and would be a considerable asset to the town. We think it would be a grave pity if this site were to pass into the hands of a private person. We understand a petition is being circulated throughout the town with the object of retaining the site for municipal purposes, and a number of business men in the town have of fered to advance the purchase money at a reasonable rate of interest until I such time as the Borough can finance the purchase We hope the Council in considering this matter will look to the improving of the Borough for its townspeople and tourists, and we I are sure as in the case of the erection of the baths residents will give them their ready support.