The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 1915. LAKE COLERIDGE ELECTRICITY FOR BANKS PENINSULA.
Now that the bringing of Lake Cole, ridge elestrioity to Banks Peninsula is to be thoroughly investigated in view of the current being supplied to Peoin sola residents it is quite time some united action should be taken as to the district whioh is to be supplied. Tbe Akarea County Council has taken up the matter enthusiastically, and. the Wairewa and Mt Herbert Councils should do tbe same. The Government have promised to survey tha line to Akaroa, and will construct it provided tha Akaroa Council oan get sufficient current taken off this line to pay for the interest and sinking fund on tbeir reticulation of the County, and to repay the Government for the con struction of tbeir main arterial line to Akaroa, and for the ourrerst used. Tbe line will, of course, be tapped all through tbe Wairewa County, and there seems no reason why tbe Mount Herbert County should not branch off this line and connect up their district. If the two counties, Wairewa and Mount Herbert, followed the example of the Akaroa County and employed an expert to go into the cost of reticulation and also obtain tbe amount of supply tbey would take off the main tine, they would be only acting in tbe best interests of tbeir ratepayers. Another point that is of tbe greatest importance is for the three counties and Akaroa Borough to act unani mously in making their agreement with tbe Government in constructing tbe main line. If the three Counties and tbe Borough take a certain amount of current tbe construction of tbe line is assured, and they will, by combining, be able to make a much better con tract with tbe Government. If eaoh distriot paid for the amount of tbe main Government line passing through tbeir district, the repayment to tbe Government would not be nearly so great as if eaoh county made a separate repayment for tbe amount of tbe main line through their distriot.
The different districts should organise a meeting before anything else is done, and jointly employ an expert to go into tbe whole reticulation of the three counties, and the Akaroa Borough would, of course, be able to give some assistance in view of the current likely to be used there. Tbe three counties will also soon have to obtain some approximate idea of tbe current which will be taken up in their districts, and Mr A. Goodwin's suggestion to give ratepayers a guarantee to supply current at a stated price is a good one. If the different districts got tbeir visible supply, then the problem would be easily solved when they bad the cost of reticulation before them We are sure that tbe trip arranged by Mr Goodwin for Mr Birks to visit tbe Eastern bays, and also the visit to inspect the Tai Tapu installation last week, must bring home to ratepayers the many advan tagea of tbe current. We have a a concrete example in Akaroa where there are only four houses out of three hundred not connected with tbe eleotrio lighting plant. In Akaroa the power has been so overloaded that they cannot cope with it. Mr Birks gives his assurance that he sen supply lighting as cheap as Akaroa I and powet probably a good deal 1 cheaper, so we have no fears as to tbe current being taken up on the Peninsula. If the Tai Tapu installation is a sample of what the Government is prepared to do in country districts! then we should not waste time in talc* ing the current on similar terms. Tbe prices in Tai Tapu certainly are most moderate and far below Akaroa charges. Of eooree we could not hope to get the same terms as Tai Tapu as there is tbe main lino to Akaroa to be paid for, but if the current is taken up well the charges could easily be on a par with Akaroa charges. It seems that if the Peninsula people do not avail themselves of this golden opportunity to bring Lake Coleridge current to tbeir door, they will be many years without it for tbe Lake Coleridge supply with the demands likely to be made upon it, will be exhausted ia a year or two. We hope then tint the question of combined action by the three Counties and the Borough in going into the reticulation will not be delayed so that an appropriate estimate can be obtained and the question finally deoided as to whether the ourrent should be brought to tbe Peninsula or not.