"I stood there with my mouth open like an ape," Nanette Thompson said [...]Mrs Thompson said a previous building consent to erect a tennis pavilion on their property incurred an inspection fee of $857.25 excluding GST, so she was surprised to find staff weren't choosing the most efficient means of travel.
02 July 2008
Some people are never happy
A resident of Atawhai, near Nelson in New Zealand, alerted the media when a Nelson City Council employee travelled to her property on a cycle to carry out a resource consent application.
The council officer 'missed his afternoon tea to fit in his cycle ride', the report notes. The distance between the council offices and Atawhai is 5.3km (here's a map), which makes a cycle journey eminently sensible, if you ask me (which you didn't). Perhaps this is just an indication of the lack of anything substantive to complain about in Nelson.
- Source: Nelson Mail, 1 July 2008