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There are grave con­cerns that ac­cess to the Taka­puna Beach chil­drens’ park has NO

Pedes­trian Cross­ing. The raised sur­face has a sign up high that mo­torists have right of way. Too high for chil­dren (if they can read) and many par­ents as­sume it is a pedes­trian cross­ing. On Satur­day, Septem­ber 2, huge drops of rain started fall­ing. Peo­ple be­gan flee­ing, so I stopped, held up five cars and waved fam­i­lies across. A fa­ther and son on bikes flew through on the in­side at 50kms a least, and nearly wiped out a ter­ri­fied a num­ber of peo­ple. I tooted loudly as they swooped up onto the foot­path at the Strand and down Gib­bons Rd.

Jan O’Con­nor, our Lo­cal Board mem­ber, tried to get a cross­ing there 18 months be­fore the play park opened. We have been told it will take a fur­ther 18 months to paint lines on the road and put up signs. We nearly had blood on our hands. Please God, no child or chil­dren will have to die to get Auck­land Trans­port’s A into G. To the cy­clists, you give a bad name to fel­low cy­clists, with your de­mented be­hav­iour, was also a near tragic, ex­am­ple men­tor­ing. Marion OKane

Taka­puna

HER­ITAGE FOR SALE

Thou­sands of Auck­lan­ders with long mem­o­ries fondly re­mem­ber ex­pe­ri­ences of their youth when they took part in the sports events, dances, con­certs and many other ac­tiv­i­ties held dur­ing the long his­tory of the Taka­puna Boat­ing Club that sits along the fore­shore by Bayswa­ter Wharf. The build­ing is nearly 100 years old and need­ing re­pair but is now be­ing ad­ver­tised for sale un­der the head­line ‘‘North Shore Wa­ter­front Add Value’’. I’d love to think that means this iconic old her­itage build­ing is be­ing of­fered for restora­tion, but some­how that seems un­likely with that head­line and the op­por­tu­ni­ties the site and its seav­iews of­fer for lux­ury apart­ments.

But what a great com­mu­nity re­source the old build­ing would pro­vide for a co­hort of wealthy yachties to fund its restora­tion with in­come com­ing from de­vel­op­ing parts of the build­ing for chan­dlery shops and gen­eral pro­vi­sions for the ma­rina boats nearby. Oth­er­wise I fear those mem­o­ries so many of us have will be all that re­mains.

M. Carol Scott

Birken­head

EX­ER­CIS­ING DEMOC­RACY

Tony Hol­man is cor­rect. Where does democ­racy be­gin and end in Auck­land? 8000 peo­ple voted against the var­i­ous Welling­ton Lo­cal Bod­ies be­ing amal­ga­mated. They were lis­tened to. But when a pe­ti­tion, signed by 8500 op­pos­ing Panuku De­vel­op­ment’s plan to sell Taka­puna’s An­zac Street car park, was pre­sented to Auck­land Coun­cil in March they were vir­tu­ally ig­nored. Panuku has now is­sued a doc­u­ment ask­ing ‘‘How do you feel about chang­ing the use of 40 An­zac Street car-park from a sin­gle level as­phalt car park to an area of mixed de­vel­op­ment’’.

There is no in­for­ma­tion to ex­plain ‘‘mixed de­vel­op­ment’’ equates to 9 storey high build­ings - or that the land was bought ‘‘for car park­ing pur­poses’’ with a tar­geted rate over 31 years by the lo­cal busi­nesses. Peo­ple who speak to their sub­mis­sion will be heard by the very same coun­cil­lors who voted to sell the land. And the final de­ci­sion will be made by the Plan­ning Com­mit­tee chaired by the coun­cil­lor who moved the mo­tion to ‘‘dis­pose’’ of Taka­puna’s valu­able fu­ture Aotea Square.

Jan O’Con­nor

Taka­puna

HAVE YOUR SAY

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Auck­land Coun­cil

Dan­ger near Taka­puna Beach chil­drens’ park.

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