Ratepayers’ chairman bows out

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After 10 years of being involved in the Concerned Citizens and Ratepayers of Waitaki, Warren Crawford (pictured) has decided to stand down.

The group was created by Mr Crawford and another member with the hope of people joining the group and expressing their concerns.

After eight years as chairman, Mr Crawford decided the time was right for him to move on.

“I just felt that it was the right thing, and I have a few other things I want to do, and after being involved as chairman I felt I was getting a bit stale and things weren’t moving on that well with me there.”

In spite of sometimes being critical of the council, Mr Crawford said overall he was pretty happy with how the council was doing.

“They’re doing quite well; I think the majority of them anyway, we don’t agree with some things they’re spending money on, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on them.”

Although he will no longer be involved with the group as an office bearer, Mr Crawford was undecided if he would continue as a member of the group.

“To be honest I’m undecided at this stage.”

Mr Crawford said he loved his time as chairman during the past eight years.

“I just felt a new face with some fresh ideas is needed, but I enjoyed my time in charge of the group.”

Getting speakers to come to meetings was hard and something that contributed to Mr Crawford’s decision.

“The council representatives that attended our meetings were fantastic as we did throw a number of questions at them.”

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: Warren Crawford