Kāpiti Councillor demands response on Social Housing

KCDC Mayor and Councillors have remained unresponsive to attempts by districtwide Cr Jackie Elliott to reconsider the 6th December 2018 decision to dispose of two council owned houses. One at Paekakarki, that a housing trust intended to purchase and a second in Paraparaumu housing a family with four children.

Cr Elliott says she is very disappointed that not one councillor has even replied to her request for support, first made last Thursday evening.

“The Mayor has made a big deal in the media about his proposal to delay the sale of the Ngahina St property until the family are relocated, but it is a gutless, weak and ineffective response to the opportunity he has in his hands to stop the sale altogether”.

Cr Elliott says there are provisions in standing orders that enable, either the Mayor, as Chair, or any four members of council to bring the report paper CS-18-671 to dispose of the properties back for complete reconsideration, given the lack of full and adequate information in the paper for councillors to even be aware of the consequences of the decision to sell.

“Even though I did not vote in support of the disposal, it is important that we use every avenue available to us, to reconsider the dumping of these properties, and how we set precedent for the next 13 publicly owned homes that KCDC are considering selling to repay debt,” says Cr Elliott.