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"XO THE EDITOR OV "THB PWSSS." Sir, —My attention lias been called to a letter in this morning's "Press, 1 headed "Cashmere Improvements," and signed "Cashmere Ratepayer." I have never answered n letter in tho papers or written one to them before, but this needed answering, as it is personal and distorts, or suggests distortion of all tho facts of the case. I shall state tho facts. In March, IUI4. 1 was building ray house, and had made my road to it from Hackthcrne road, and I was about to fence in order to plant my orchard and garden when Mr Pannett. as chairman of the Cashmero Ratepayers' Committee, came to mo and said that they would like a connexion between Macniillan avenue and Hackthorne road. I said to him: '"Of course, they only want a foot track." He answered that they wero anxious for a traffic road. I explained to him that all tho sections jivero sold except those*. in_ tho valley below my house, which I did not wisu to sell, and five small sections which fronted on the end of Macmillan avenue and Wltisby road; 1 had not in some j parts any breadth that could givo a I road more than half a chain, ana thati could not Ih> accepted unless permission wero granted by the Govornor-in-Coun-cil. I told him I would grant land for tho road on condition that that permission wero obtained, so that it oouUl be mado a public road and that it be* laid out and formed in time for me to fence and plant beforo tho winter was on us. Mr Punnett accepted tho gift on those conditions, but added: ''It will bo a great advantage to you." I answered: "If that is your viow of my motive in granting it, I withdraw it." 110 apologised for the remark and begged me to re-consider this decision. I gave wav, and ho got the Heathcote County Council to accepb tho gift on the conditions I had attached to it. When June camc I fonnd that nothing had been done. I had to start in the end of June for tho !\ T e\v and wished to have my gcrdfii fenced before I left so that planting could begin. Later on I found that Mr Siddall. tho clerk of tho County Council, had gone to Wellington and got the Minister of Public Works to consider tho but that nothing had been definitely settled, I then wrote to tho Minister calling his attention to tho fact that this was not much encouragement to public generosity; that I was indifferent to whether he granted permission for the road or not, provided ho gave the affirmative or negative answer promptly so that I might save the sea. son for my new orchard; he sent a telegram next morning to Mr Siddall saying that permission would be granted on certain conditions. Tho road was surveyed, and I handed over the section to my gate well-formed and in good condition; another return for my generosity is that it has been kept in a filthy condition ever since; in fact, it is going to pieces, though it cost mo £150 to form it. The footpath over to the end of Macmillan avenue was formed some time in the following year at a cost of £16; bnt in wet weather I can seo that it is impassable, as little or nothing has been done to it since its formation, and many tradesmen ride over it. I may add that I have no land for sale that would have frontage on this road except two small sections that can easily be served from Macmillan avenue; they are right at the end of it. I may also say that it was much to my disadvantage that this road waß granted; it destroyed the seclusion ot my garden and placed the approach to my gate from Hackthorne road in the hands of a publio body, when I knew by experience how negligent public bodies are of private rights or convenience. I have no desire that this road should be formed, as it will still further de« stroy the seclusion of my garden. But it would bo, I have no doubt, a convenience for traffic between Dyer's Pass toad and Hackthorne road, as tradesmen and others who wish to pass from one to the other have to go up to their junction at the store or down to Cashmere road; and it would add to most people's confidence in public bodies if they carried out the < conditions on which thev accept gifts. I may add that though the road will be no advantage to me, but will serve chiefly tho convenience of those who pass from one road to the other, I shall probablv have to pay most of the added rates.—Yours, etc..

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CASHMERE IMPROVEMENTS., Press, Volume LV, Issue 16526, 19 May 1919

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CASHMERE IMPROVEMENTS. Press, Volume LV, Issue 16526, 19 May 1919