Ne­glected mount

Central Leader - - Letters -

With the na­tion’s fo­cus set firmly on Mt Al­bert dur­ing its by­elec­tion, it ap­pears all the candidates have com­pletely missed the real is­sue.

So much talk about tun­nels, sta­di­ums, su­perci­ties, law and or­der and so on. You do start to won­der if th­ese peo­ple have ac­tu­ally set foot in the elec­torate, per­haps fol­low­ing the lead of its last rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Mt Al­bert is a dis­grace – not the elec­torate or the sub­urb but the moun­tain it­self. It is in a state of dis­re­pair – pot­holes, bro­ken fences, gorse and a lack of walk­ing tracks or paths.

Its only amenity is a long-drop toi­let that my chil­dren refuse to en­ter.

When all the coun­cil’s Eden-Al­bert cash is thrown at Mt Eden, those with their paws on the purs­es­trings will go on about the num­ber of vis­i­tors.

How could Mt Al­bert at­tract vis­i­tors in the de­clin­ing state it’s in? Per­haps it should be re­named the Al­bert-Eden ward, so the lo­cal body politi­cians will re­mem­ber the ne­glected moun­tain.

I would like to en­cour­age all the candidates in the Mt Al­bert by­elec­tion to take a walk on the moun­tain that lends its name to the area. Just a warn­ing though – don’t fall off the side be­cause there is no walk­ing track. GARY BRIAN

Mt Al­bert

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