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Evening Star, Issue 7921, 31 May 1889
The City Council acted wisely in declining to consider the proposals of the The syndicate represented by Messrs Triangle. Stanford and Milne. As we
pointed out on Wednesday, they were not in a position to do so, and we wonder that the fact escaped their notice so long. The resolution proposed by Councillor Fish was cunningly devised, because it inferentially sought to commit the Council to what he euphemistically termed “ a general principle,” whilst it, in truth, affirmed that the main proposals sketched jn the offer of the syndicate were “ without ‘‘doubt calculated to be of benefit to the “ citizens,” The Council, however, by more than two to one, declared that the scheme would not benefit the citizens ; and they have, we think, rightly gauged the public mind. We were rather amused to find Councillor Fish allowed to transgress the ordinary rules of procedure, without a word of protest coming from the councillors, or without the Mayor interposing. It was clearly impossible for him, who had already moved, or for any councillor who had spoken to his motion, to have moved the amendment to which be spoke at some length. It should have been at once ruled out, though the course that was afterwards followed by tacit consent would have been open to him under like circumstances. By the adoption of Councillor Solomon’s amendment we have heard the last, we feel sure, of the project of leasing the Triangle to any syndicate. The Council have decided to submit to the ratepayers the question whether the Triangle shall be utilised for market and “other purposes”; but the issue, unless put with distinctness, is likely to be begged. We should like to see it stated somewhat in this way :-r-
Arc you In favor of the diversion of the Tiiangle reserve?
(1) for a market (a) under Corporation management, or (b) under the management tf a company. (2) Fora market, pins (a) public bath 3, and (b) public library and coin exchange.
We approve of the Mayor’s suggestion that a public meeting should he held for the diacussion of the points involved. Depend on it, those opposed to the alienation of the reserve will put forward men good and true, who are quite ready to take up Councillor Film's challenge; and we are likely to have evolved out of the debate a few clear issues, on which the ratepayers can without hesitation cast their votes. The meeting should be held on the eve of the plebiscite, and we are sure that the Mayor would cheerfully convene it, if asked to do so. The vote should be taken with reasonable despatch, as while the present uncertainty exists the Conservation Society have their hands tied, and their plans for the improvement 'of the reserve are held in abeyance. If the citizens wish the Triangle to be kept as a lung they will have an opportunity of declaring their will, and immediately thereafter the society can go to work to give some effect to it.
Evening Star, Issue 7921, 31 May 1889
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