Leave book bus

Central Leader - - Letters -

I dis­tinctly re­call writ­ing a cru­sad­ing let­ter to the ed­i­tor of this pa­per about the time when, for the sec­ond time, cuts and pro­pos­als to stop the won­der­ful Auck­land City Coun­cil’s book bus were raised in yet an­other cost-cut­ting ex­er­cise.

Sadly, it took many com­plaints from the then two buses’ users be­fore some sen­si­ble rea­son­ing and sav­ing of our san­ity. Coun­cil­lors alike re­alised the use­ful­ness of the weekly, pub­lic ser­vice this “front-doorstep” of coun­cil ac­tu­ally pro­vided.

I’m not yet in a resthome, pen­sioner vil­lage, or even a reg­u­lar user of this worth­while ser­vice. But I can write, speak up and con­demn those pub­licly elected per­sons, along with the face­less bean-coun­ters who have never needed such a com­mu­nity ser­vice, or wit­nessed its use in action at its reg­u­lar stops.

A Rugby World Cup will come and go, but book bus users will for­ever be found within this “first city of the South Pa­cific”, as the coun­cil likes to call us. DR PETER BOYS

St Lukes

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