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Auckland City Harbour News - - Opinion - M CUN­NING­HAM Mt Al­bert

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.

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