Care needed

Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - ANNE WILLS San­dring­ham

I am dis­gusted that the Auck­land City Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing a fur­ther $24.8 mil­l­lion to­wards the Rugby World Cup (Auck­land City Har­bour News, May 16). Galas and dra­mas are not im­por­tant. Keep­ing our res­i­den­tial ar­eas clean and tidy are.

Mayor Banks needs to know what res­i­dents re­ally want – not a bit of glitz for six weeks in 2011, but on­go­ing care in the ar­eas in which we live.

I in­vite him and all the coun­cil­lors to my house, which in­ci­den­tally hap­pens to be in close prox­im­ity to Eden Park, and see the state of the gut­ters and berms.

“Qual­ity spend­ing” mayor Banks is quoted to have said. Well, qual­ity spend­ing should be to the res­i­dents of Auck­land, not to the Eden Park Trust Board, a private con­cern.

To quote again from the Har­bour News, May 16, mayor Banks also said: “What is im­por­tant will be done and what is not im­por­tant may not be. There’s plenty of money in Auck­land”.

If there is so much money in Auck­land, why can’t the coun­cil pro­vide more money to the con­trac­tors to main­tain the res­i­den­tial roads? The gut­ters need to be reg­u­larly swept and the berms cut more fre­quently and to a lower level.

I feel I am liv­ing in a slum be­cause of coun­cil’s lack of care and con­sid­er­a­tion to res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

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