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Nelson Commentary


The picture above, of agricultural machinery being covered by grass and rust, is a familiar sight to users of the main road through Richmond. The machinery belongs to Mr "Sam" Woods, who shifted his engineering firm from Nelson city to Richmond to be closer to the farming community which he serves. Mr Woods is not. happy about his machinery deteriorating in the open, but since he has been refused a permit to build and operate from this land by the Richmond Borough Council, he has to put up with the inconvenience until such time as his appeal to the Town Planning Appeal Authority can be heard. Negotiations to have this matter brought to the authority for a decision have been in progress for a year now - an unnecessarily protracted period, in our estimation. Some procrastination on the part of the council, and a change in the town plans under consideration by the council, has up to now precluded Mr Woods from pressing his appeal.


At left is the stand at Trafalgar Park, the site of a major controversy in Nelson earlier this month when the management committee of the Nelson Rugby Union refused permission for two professional soccer teams to use the ground on a Wednesday for a match, A special meeting of the union later agreed to allow the match to be played at the park under certain conditions. We have no intention now of arguing the pros and the cons of this matter. We do, howe ver, feel that the whole matter was badly handled by the two interested parties - the union management committee, and the city council.