With reference to the Auckland City Harbour News’ article on April 16 Suburb fights alone and letters to the editor on April 23.
I would like add my concerns about the state of Mt Albert, which are numerous.
Gutters full of grit and leaves cause flooding in wet weather.
The garden area opposite Rocket Park outside the Walia Dairy is disgusting.
The path through the wetlands behind the YMCA floods because drainage pipes drain on to the path.
Mud builds up on the path making it dangerous to walk over.
Overhanging trees and shrubs block the footpaths which are already in need of repair.
There is rubbish everywhere.
The Waitakere City Council has a man on a scooter cleaning their streets which seems quite successful.
The shopping centre is a disgrace.
I have just watched the workers mow the park and verge near my home and they are now blowing all the leaves on to the verge rather than picking them up.
This seems a waste of manpower because it only needs one truck to pass and blow all the leaves back on the footpath.
Does the council have an inspector to check the streets and cafes?
I walk the area daily and feel very sad that the lovely suburb which was once Mt Albert is no longer lovely.
But with the help of the council, and if the residents could take a little more care of their properties and pick up rubbish in front of their homes, trim the verges, cut back some of the overhanging trees, etc, we could perhaps regain our pride in Mt Albert.