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STANLEY BAY FERRY SERVICE.

THE COMPLAINTS CONCERNING THE " RURU." DISCUSSIOX AT DEVONPORT BOROUGH COUNCIL. A discussion took place at the meeting of the Devonport Council last night in regard to complaints made by residents at Stanley Bay concerning the use of the ferry boat "Ruru" in the service between Auckland and Stanley Bay. A letter was received from the manager of the Devonport Ferry Company, enclosing a copy of a letter sent to the Harbour Board by the Company, in regard to the complaints made to the Board by the residents qf Stanley Bay concerning- the use of ihe ferry boat "Ruru" in the service to the Bay from Auckland. In the letter lo the Board Mr Alison, chairman of directors of the Ferry Company, stated that on some trips to the bay there were very few passengers and it was not always possible to put a big boat on. The "Ruru" seldom ran in that service, and the residents of Stanley Ray need have no uneasy feeling. It might be inconvenient to land from that boat at low water, but the Company had placed a long gangway on the wharf at Stanley Bay. If a low la-nding could be constructed on the face and on the eastern side of the jetty at the Bay. similar to that on the .face of the ferry tee at Auckland, the present difficulty would be disposed of. The cost of doing this would be very low. The Mayor moved that the letter be received. He reminded the Council that it had been decided that he and Councillor Timewell should be a deputation to wait upon the Ferry Company in regard to this matter, and it had been stnted to them by Mr Alison that the "Ruru" would not be put on the run unless Hinder absolute necessity. If a lower landing were provided a great deal of the trouble would disappear. Councillor Timewell confirmed what the Mayor had said. Councillor Froude said the position the Mayor had taken up should be made perfectly clear. In justice to the Mayor it should go forth that he (the "Mayor) had not said that he did not object to the "Ruru" running to Stanley Bay if a low landing were constructed. The residents of .Stanley Bay did object to the "Ruru," and felt sore because it had been stated in the newspapers quite erroneously that the Mayor had declared that he did not, under conditions, object to the "Ruru." Councillor McLean said it was certain that residents of Stanley Bay had got that improssion. He had gained it himself from the reports which had appeared. Councillor Craneh said that if a lower landing stage were constructed it might be that the use of the "Ruru" in the service would be perpetuated. The Mayor said he realised that he had been in hot water through an inaccurate report. He had stated that even if a lower stage were constructed the "Ruru" would still be unacceptable. He had strongly protested against the boat being used at aalt,j t , But when the Ferry Company, as a rfOßMfiWn <l Q p,' cern.' declared that it was impossible to avoid using the boat occasionally - , it was reasonable that they should acoept the best solution possible. A lower landing would be very convenient at night. . Councillor Timewell said he desired to add, as a member of the deputation which had waited on the Company, that the Mayor had been very emphatic, lhe Mayor had gone even further than he himself would have gone, and had stated that by the special request of Stanley Bay residents he desired to protest against the use of the "Ruru. The motion was carried.

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STANLEY BAY FERRY SERVICE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 71, 24 March 1909

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