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