Tar­geted rate

Central Leader - - Letters -

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

Mt Al­bert

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