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Kia ora - At the time of go­ing to press, Auck­land Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee was yet to make a de­ci­sion on sale of Taka­puna’s An­zac St car park. This fol­lows its con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion to sell An­zac Rd car park in Browns Bay, de­spite com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion. There’s also ve­he­ment op­po­si­tion to the sale of the Taka­puna car park. Auck­land Coun­cil’s dire fi­nan­cial po­si­tion is no doubt be­hind the sales, but more could be done to find a com­pro­mise that meets com­mu­nity con­cerns. At stake in Taka­puna is the num­ber of car parks in an area where res­i­dents re­port be­ing blocked into their homes by com­muters parked over thier drive­ways. Fur­ther, lo­cal busi­nesses orig­i­nally paid for the An­zac St car park. While, in an ideal world, we could all use pub­lic trans­port, the bus ser­vice lags be­hind world stan­dards. Panuku’s park­ing plan needs to sub­stan­tially in­crease park­ing in the cen­tre of Taka­puna. There needs to be a vi­able al­ter­na­tive for the Sun­day mar­ket. And there needs to be us­able pub­lic space. Let’s hope Auck­land Coun­cil calls a pause on Tues­day. - Jodi Yeats

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