As­so­ci­a­tion not rep­re­sen­ta­tive

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

It is true that the group that calls it­self the Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion does not re­ally rep­re­sent the people who live in Ti­tahi Bay.

It is a small group that has bad­gered the coun­cil for years over mat­ters that have never been agreed upon by the com­mu­nity as a whole.

It is also true, how­ever, that coun­cil mem­bers and politi­cians are not ac­cept­able as mem­bers of res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions, be­cause they are not im­par­tial and their mem­ber­ship con­sti­tutes a con­flict of in­ter­est.

I would be de­lighted to see a truly rep­re­sen­ta­tive as­so­ci­a­tion that was not ob­sessed with the is­sues of a mi­nor­ity and had the com­mon good of us all at heart. the Can­nons Creek area will per­form the same func­tion, too.

If so, it ap­pears to be work­ing very well.

The clumps of weeds are col­lect­ing more and more silt and or­ganic mat­ter, en­abling them to grow even big­ger.

Per­haps the so­lu­tion would be to keep the gut­ters clear of veg­e­ta­tion and silt by sweep­ing them more of­ten.

The coun­cil work­ers do a good job of pick­ing up the in­or­ganic rubbish in the gut­ters, but now we have weeds and grass grow­ing there, which is be­com­ing as un­sightly as the rubbish used to be.

In some places, the gut­ters and foot­paths look as if they are in an aban­doned area.

Can­nons Creek is one of the older sub­urbs and is in need of main­te­nance be­fore the prob­lem be­comes big­ger and re­quires re­pairs in the gut­ters, caused by the roots of the weeds pen­e­trat­ing, and en­larg­ing the cracks in the con­crete.

When were the gut­ters last sprayed or swept?

The amount of flow­ers and weeds on the veg­e­ta­tion in­di­cates it was quite some time ago.

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