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Achievements acknowledged

Negativity can prevail around election time but there has been much progress during the past three years, says Gisborne district councillor Andy Cranston.

He was speaking in his capacity as chairman of the community development and services committee, which was meeting for the final time before election day on October 12.

Much had been achieved over the past three years and credit was due to staff and council’s decision-making, he said.

The contract with Recreational Services had been significant. The standard of work in parks and reserves was “really, really good’’.

“It’s a definite improvement.”

The issue of Makaraka Cemetery headstones (removed in the 1970s and buried in the 1980s) had been “floating around” for a considerable time but “we’ve got on to that”.

The Community Facilities Strategy involved a massive amount of necessary work.

The Lions Cycle Park was “up and running’’.

Bikes in Schools involved 14 schools and was a huge success.

Trees had been removed and planting had been carried out on Titirangi Reserve.

“We finished the Oneroa Walkway.’’

There was a cycleway/walkway through Alfred Cox Park and a cycleway through to Wainui.

Tairawhiti Navigation Project was well established.

Township redevelopment plans were “up and running” in Manutuke, Tokomaru Bay and other townships.

Playground improvements were happening across the district.

The Lawson Field Theatre, HB Williams Memorial Library and the War Memorial Theatre had been redeveloped.

Mr Cranston said it was a worthy list of achievements ‘‘if we’re not here next time”.

He was ‘‘not so enthusiastic” about progress on the Peel Street toilets.

“It’s kind of hanging around.’’

He was a “little disgruntled’’ about the pace of the Olympic Pool redevelopment but said it was “going forward’’. ?