many basics across the city are in need of urgent work.
The council is giving us an unnecessary straightening of Sandringham Rd, the demolition of valued Kingsland heritage houses, and millions squandered on temporarily dressing up of Auckland city.
Instead it should invest in genuine “legacy” community improvements: Fixing all our broken footpaths and purchasing more local parks in high need wards like Eden Albert.
A fraction of this money would provide local shopping centre upgrades, such as muchneglected Mt Albert, public safety improvements and add new community centres.
Our iconic cones need erosion control, weed removal and track maintenance, and Maungawhau-Mt Eden is still waiting for its management plan to be implemented and quality tourist facilities installed.
Auckland city ratepayers deserve to have their rates invested in longterm community basics rather than poured into a big spend-up for a one-off sporting event of doubtful benefit.
PHIL CHASE Deputy chairman
Eden Albert Community Board