Suburbs get streetwise on cleaning
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.