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Dugout complainant could have asked, offered help

Opinion Piece

As a life member and former president and chairman of the Poverty Bay Hockey Association, I too, like “Frustrated Hockey Player” (June 11 letter to the editor), am disappointed in the delays with the dugouts.

However, instead of making erroneous statements via the local newspaper, I chose to acquaint myself with the facts from committee members and am happy to confirm that health and safety issues are indeed cited for the non-compliance of the structure, along with the fact that it is not built to the dimensions required and is missing some components that were on the draft plan. A Certificate of Compliance was not issued by Gisborne District Council, and the matter is still subject to legal action.

Whilst in this situation, the association was and is governed by legal boundaries. Ponderous indeed is the legal system, but the committee forged ahead with plans for remedial works as soon as they got the green light.

Had your writer asked the questions they would have known that approval had already been given for work to start, subject to some pricing issues.

A report was commissioned and it concluded that the workmanship was decidedly substandard. One engineering company consulted said it should be pulled down and started again.

I’m not sure how far your $400 per year goes towards the upkeep of the $2 million-plus turf facility and the administrative costs associated with running the PBHA’s programmes, but I suspect there is not a lot left over for much else.

Perhaps if “Frustrated Hockey Player” had approached the committee for an update, he/she would have been aware that their concerns had already been addressed.

Instead of taking a negative stance, when I found out the facts I offered my help in an effort to get the problem resolved. I am disappointed that “Frustrated Player” felt more comfortable sniping at the very people who are trying to provide resolution, rather than jumping in and saying “Is there anything I can do?”

When they are operational, some people in the dugout will feel a warm glow in their hearts knowing they helped. Others will not experience that.

Allen Hurne