YELLOW LINE IGNORED
We live in a house near Murrays Bay Primary school. The ‘no parking’ yellow line is routinely ignored by parents, in spite of being there to protect them and their children. Some parents I have told about it pretend they do not understand English and those who do are often rude. I once confronted a middle aged man who parked and turned his motor off, blocking my driveway. He said he would move on as soon as he is finished what he was doing and proceeded counting a pile of cash notes in his hand for the next 5 minutes. Parents also use our driveway for parking and making a U-turn. We have put out two traffic cones which were stolen. I feel helpless.
Thank you for your article on Auckland Transport and Auckland Council’s frequent fliers by James Palsey. Counsillor Efeso Collins questions the costs. Nowhere have I seen, to me, the most important question. Why flights at all? We rate paying peasants, wanting to know almost anything, go to our nearest I.T. Systems, log on to the appropriate server and with a few clicks and taps, obtain the knowledge we were seeking. Do Auckland Transport and Auckland Council not have use of such equipment? I have trust in the words of Councillor Collins printed on page 16 of your North Shore Times, October 19, issue. Did not have to cross Auckland to meet the councillor.
The editor makes a valuable point in the November 21 issue, about the importance of local boards. In recents months there have been clear examples of Auckland Council going against decisions of local boards and the concerns of the residents they represent. There is an obvious disconnect between the Auckland Council and its companies such as Panuku, that some local boards have taken action to leave the Auckland Council. Our elected local boards are being ignored by a council so deeply in debt that you could be forgiven for thinking that their decisions are made for financial reasons only rather than what would be best for the area. It is time that the so-called Super City was called to account by residents demanding a democratic system, where local boards are replaced by local councils with the power to make
TROUBLE WITH T3 TIMES
Jennifer Edwards wonders how Auckland Transport can impose an unnecessary extension of T3 times on Onewa Road without consulting those who will be affected. The answer is simple because they can. At times when traffic flows smoothly and the private car is the obvious choice for most people, AT’s strategy is to create a problem where none exists, and then use the resulting congestion as justification for their ideologically driven contempt for the motorist. AT’s response that extending T3 hours ‘‘offers the best option for progressing the growth in [bus] patronage’’ and that ‘‘no consultation was necessary’’ tells us all we need to know about the true nature of this out of control monster. I look forward to our elected councillors digging in on this one and telling AT to forget it. Brian O’Neill
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Yellow lines are causing a head for one reader.