Kingsland business owners (Cheers to World Cup, Central Leader, March 20) eagerly awaiting the cash injection from Rugby World Cup patrons in 2011 can also anticipate a new Rugby World Cup levy on their businesses and homes.
Citizens and Ratepayers councillors are set to charge the $23 Rugby World Cup levy on all separately used or inhabited Auckland city business and residential properties across the isthmus from Avondale to Great Barrier.
All ratepayers will contribute to this event cost by way of a targeted rate on the rates demand.
Will Avondale and Mt Roskill residents fighting for core council services like library upgrades and rubbish removal be happy to stump up the money for this upcoming sporting event? CATHERINE FARMER
City Vision member Avondale Community
Board from 261 from 126. This is to be achieved by abolishing the present community boards and some councillors.
Most of Western Europe has fewer than 1000 residents per elected representative. An Auckland supercity will have over 11,000 per representative.
The report is silent on how the present community interaction will continue or who will do it.
All the many community tasks undertaken by locally elected representatives, from lobbying for new parks, engaging with community groups, safety improvements, organising local festivals, to explaining zone changes, appear to have been completely overlooked.
It would seem that in their haste for change the commissioners have forgotten the important day-to-day functions and roles that make local governance work at the neighbourhood level.
Communities don’t find it easy to be heard now, but with half the number of elected people to speak for them, disengagement, cynicism and non-voting will only increase. And the local will be gone from local government. PHIL CHASE Eden Albert Community Board
My husband and I went to a council meeting many years ago which dealt with this problem and a plan was drawn as to what should be done.
One thing I remember which I thought was a good idea, was to make an outdoor area with seating where the parking lot for Video Ezy is now, and of course retain the old post office, now Triniti of Silver.
On the other side of the street the old buildings should also be retained, maybe painted in complimenting colours.
A big problem is the choice of shops. I find that there are virtually no shops to attract us to Mt Albert now, whereas we go down to the bottom of Alberton Ave where we often shop at Four Square, Pyrenees or the kebab shop.
Some planting would also help to make Mt Albert look more attractive–-the baskets at Ray White always look pretty.
I could say make Mt Albert more like Mt Eden, but Mt Albert should really have its own personality, and I feel that could be achieved. BIRGITH BOTICA