Task force formed
Mt Albert residents are devising a plan to tackle issues in their neighbourhood.
Around 130 people gathered for the Mt Albert Residents Association meeting on June 11 to discuss the deterioration of the suburb.
Issues such as rubbish in the main shopping village, graffiti at the train station, the degradation of the mountain and a proposed housing New Zealand development were all discussed in detail.
Members proposed to form a Mt Albert business association to be the central point for communication with council and other authorities about issues of concern.
They are also encouraging people to stop picking up litter and instead report it to the council so they can get an idea of how bad the situation is.
They also want people to report occurrences of graffiti immediately and ask the council to come out and clean it within 48 hours.
To improve the train station, residents suggested the carpark next to the old post office building be developed as a plaza and connection to the railway station to improve access and make the area safer.
On July 5 residents will also paint over graffiti at the Mt Albert shops and all are welcome to come and help out.
Group member Tony Mayes says the more people who join the fight, the better.
“We need to be the eyes of the community and keep going to meetings and talking to councillors,” he says.
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