Not buy­ing it

Central Leader - - OPINION -

Re: Taste. Surely the food fes­ti­val, and sim­i­lar large com­mer­cial events, should not be held on parks and play­ing fields. There are other places they could be held such as the show­grounds at Green Lane or Eller­slie race­course to name a few.

Does this de­sire to hold th­ese events on pub­lic green space have some­thing to do with the parks sec­tion of coun­cil want­ing to ‘‘mar­ket’’ the parks to get some ad­di­tional rev­enue?

I have been con­cerned for some­time that a sim­i­lar thing is hap­pen­ing to Western Springs. This was sup­posed to be a wildlife re­serve. And on oc­ca­sions the park seems to be fenced off to pre­vent pub­lic use for what seems like a week at a time or more. The im­pact of large and noisy events must have some neg­a­tive im­pacts on the wildlife and the an­i­mals in the zoo.

This use of the parks seems to me to amount to com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of pub­lic space. Next you will prob­a­bly see large hoard­ings ad­ver­tis­ing prod­ucts in the parks.

And be­lieve me, it has al­ready been tried be­fore in old Auck­land city. A liquor com­pany was go­ing to erect sig­nage for the parks. Coun­cil staff sup­ported the pro­posal but two cit­i­zens ob­jected. I was one of them.

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