Sub­urbs get street­wise on clean­ing

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

Ti­dier streets are on the way for sub­urbs left out of ex­tra clean­ing fund­ing ear­lier this year.

Mt Al­bert, Mt Roskill, Mt Eden and Bal­moral town cen­tres are to ben­e­fit from an­other $65,000 boost to ser­vices.

Res­i­dents had cam­paigned to have Mt Al­bert in­cluded in the beefed-up clean­ing ros­ters in May.

Eden Al­bert Com­mu­nity Board mem­ber Pauline An­der­son says the new fund­ing is a win for the com­mu­nity.

“It just shows what a few peo­ple get­ting be­hind some­thing can achieve. In the past we’ve never stood up and asked, and it seems if you don’t make a noise you get noth­ing.”

Mt Roskill Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Richard Barter says he’s also de­lighted.

“I be­lieve ev­ery­one will start to look af­ter the place a bit bet­ter now.”

The board is also work­ing on re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion plans for Mt Roskill shop­ping ar­eas, in­clud­ing new planter boxes and trees.

“So this is a fan­tas­tic first step and we’re re­ally ex­cited.”

In June Auck­land City Coun­cil al­lo­cated an ex­tra $400,000 for foot or­der­lies, who mon­i­tor lit­ter bins and drains, re­port graf­fiti and ser­vice pub­lic toi­lets.

But when fi­nal­is­ing the an­nual plan an ex­tra $65,000 was al­lo­cated, and a $17,000 un­der­spend iden­ti­fied in the orig­i­nal bud­get.

Mt Al­bert is to ben­e­fit most, with an ex­tra $32,000 spent on keep­ing the sub­urb clean each year.

Mt Roskill, Mt Eden and Bal­moral will each re­ceive $16,500 a year.

The al­lo­ca­tion was con­firmed by the arts, cul­ture and re­cre­ation com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day.

Ser­vices will start from Septem­ber.

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