I was happy to read your article about the poor service we get with regard to the mowing of Auckland City Council grass verges.
I have been phoning the council constantly over the past 5 years to remind them to mow the grass berms/ verges in our area – Onehunga North.
I moved into this area nearly 10 years ago, and my family always remarked how neat and tidy the area looked. Then suddenly, overnight the area started looking like a Third World slum.
The penny dropped some time later when I realised that this was the work of John Banks coming into power, and obviously trying to fi nd easy cash to pay for the spaghetti junction upgrade.
I invite you to come and see our area when it is neglected and not mown enough.
The most annoying factor about the council slashing the number of mows is that they are not required to mow every verge, because at least 50 percent of residents mow their own. Also, they are never mown often enough over the faster growing months of the year like spring or late autumn.
It’s utterly embarrassing when friends from afar visit here and see our streets looking like a pigsty.
When you visit another city outside of Auckland the first thing you notice is how attractive and tidy their verges are. Then you drive back into Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, and you think boy oh boy what a dump.
I think it’s an extremely poor service where we pay the council to maintain their own property, and they neglect it.
I have complained/commented constantly to my local councillor and the council to get the berms cut more often but nothing has been done about it. Sad. PAT DYER Onehunga