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Forum and Aginum

Have you ever felt incensed over the way things are done, or not done, in our town or district? Have you ever wanted the opportunity to give somebody a pat on the back for some meritorious act that would normally go unsung? Well, here's your chance. "Forum and Aginum", which commences in this issue, is the "Photo News" version of the Letters to the Editor in the daily press. But with this difference. We will illustrate your letter with a photograph of the point you are making. A few points. Letters must be signed but we will print nom de plumes if desired. Please keep the letters short (the pic will tell the story for you).

Since this is the first of "Forum and Aginum", the points made on these two pages are our own. But in future—We Want Yours. Our address is Box 222, Nelson.

So, whether you're Forum, or Aginum, let's hear from you.

Street Names

Nelsonians and visitors to our fair city look blank when they are directed to Trafalgar Road. "Trafalgar Street, you mean," they say. But Trafalgar Road it is, even though it is just an extension of Trafalgar Street. The "street", it would appear, ends south of the bridge. The "road" begins the other side. Memo for Council: Why not Trafalgar Street for the whole length?

While we're on street names. Isn't it time we thought up a better name for "Main Road", Tahunanui. Here again, a confusion of names, for there is also "Main Road", Stoke. And how unimaginative Main Road is.


An example of public co-operation is the new rubber bowling green being laid at Greenmeadows. This work was estimated to cost £3000 but because of the voluntary work of enthusiasts, this should be much lower. And a pat on the back for the council for its work in developing this area.


No Crossing

In our December issue we suggested that it was high time a pedestrian crossing was laid across Halifax Street from the post office. The Transport Department has since conducted a traffic survey at this point, and the city council adopted the department's recommendation to take no action. Regrettable. At peak hours pedestrians have an unenviable time crossing this intersection. One might ask, why the reluctance to instal a few pedestrian crossings about the city? Look at the fight there was before one was laid at Stoke.

Diminishing Scallops

Controlling Litter

As we see it, the only drawback to an anti-litter by-law, is its enforcement. Litter is still being dropped all about the city, yet to our knowledge, there has been no prosecution to date. The suggestion that anti-litter laws should be put on the Statute book so that they can be enforced by the police is an excellent one. But until, or if, that happens, who's going to enforce the by-law? It would appear that the city council is not very keen to do so, judging by its attitude so far. Earlier this year a gang of hooligans smashed bottles and created a disturbance and a mess at Tahunanui. We know that one councillor was aware of it. The group was taken away by the police, and that was the last heard of the matter. Was not a prosecution under the anti-litter by-law possible?

It appears that the Marine Department is now concerned over the fished-out state of the Tasman Bay scallop beds. Their concern is belated. If the grounds are fished out, then the blame must lie at the door of this department. For several years, now, fishermen have been pressing for a closed season on scallops, but this was not approved by the department till last year. And now, after closing the door, they find the horse has gone. And if we don't watch out, the same thing is going to happen to the mussels.