GOLF AT DEVONPORT AND THE CEMENTRY RESERVE.
(To the Editor.) Sir, —On the eve almost of our local elections comes an application to the Borough. Council from the secretary of the Waitemata Golf Club for a. ten years' lease. »t.a ridiculously low rental of one of the most valuable building sites in the western end of the borough. It is te be hoped the attention of the recentlyformed Ratepayers' Association will be turned to this matter, and a strong protest cent to the Council against entertaining the proposed application. The adjoining Harbour Board reserve of flve acres- —originally part of the cemetery reserve—was leased last year on a twenty-one years' lease at £4 10/- per acre, exclusive of rates, and the cemetery reserve contains seventeen acre*, ■which, at an equal value, is worth £78 10/-, instead of the £20 offered by the club. As a resident «f the western portion of the borough for the last twenty-five years, I am in a position to say that the development and settling of one of the best parts of our marine suburb has "been neglected by past and present Councillors, Travelling facilities will be available when the Luce traane are running, as it is only a short distance to the corner of OJSfeil'e-road, and I ha-ve no hesitation in saying every section would have been taken up hpd the Council carried oat their resolution to lease this land In building sections. The Golf Club have already good links on tho reclaimed ground at the foot of the reserve, with which they should be ceatent, But there ■would fee no olrietj. tyon to their using the cemetery roMira free pf ehar-ge until UUflh time a« the land t«w thrown epen. for settlement—.
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