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Kia ora - It is good that Auck­land Coun­cil is tak­ing a breather on the An­zac St car park sale in Taka­puna. I think it is a mat­ter of find­ing a work­able com­pro­mise though,with the coun­cil be­ing des­per­ate to raise funds. Let’s hope for a re­ally good out­come in March. I got some in­spi­ra­tion on my re­cent trip to Ar­gentina.

Ev­ery town cen­tre had a gen­er­ous plaza, com­plete with a foun­tain, cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful lo­cale for both re­lax­ation and civic oc­ca­sions. Mar­kets are a big fea­ture of life in Buenos Aires, where they close streets and squares to ac­com­mo­date them. In one sub­urb, the stalls take over bars, which don’t open un­til the evening. I hope Taka­puna ends up with suf­fi­cient cen­tral park­ing, a pleas­ant and func­tional town cen­tre and a vi­able fu­ture for the Sun­day Mar­ket.

Mean­while, we are get­ting some­what in­un­dated with emails and phone calls about parks that aren’t get­ting their grass trimmed. Plus, we hear re­ports of on­go­ing is­sues with over­flow­ing bins. Rest as­sured, we will ques­tion the coun­cil over th­ese is­sues. Stay posted. - Jodi Yeats

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