It is a great shame that so many people in Rotorua-including the current council - have such an awful way of looking at dogs.
We were in Sydney in March, up around the residential parts you see people walking dogs, taking them into cafes and parks and markets, dogs that are on leads, clean, well behaved, and friendly.
Here in Rotorua dogs are treated in a totally different manner.
One element of the population believe dogs are for a "macho image" and treat the poor things as if they and the dogs were both feral, the city does not allow dogs at all - a which is a pity, all they have to do is educate people to clean up after them.
In Sydney, you never see poo on the pavements.
I hope the incoming councillors will have the insight to understand that the new parking system is difficult to understand, inconvenient, annoying, and affecting CBD businesses.
What is the reason for two zones - blue and green? Did you know that you can't transfer leftover time from one zone to the other?
I often see vacant parking places in the CBD in places that require payment. My friends tell me it is just too much trouble to park hence they don't make casual trips to town.
The council website suggests one reason for installing the new system is that many other cities in NZ are using this system – are we just "keeping up with the Joneses"?
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