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So what will be­come of Frank Larking’s boat?

Af­ter 40 - 50 years of con­tin­ual use no se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents had been re­ported. How­ever, the coun­cil deemed it a health and safety risk and re­moved it from the water to the beach.

It was great to see kids and adults alike hanging out on it. Then came the ply­wood to seal it up, then the yel­low cau­tion tape, then a se­ries of cones and now a large fence com­pletely block­ing ac­cess to it and tak­ing up a large por­tion of the beach.

One would ques­tion that if it was such a risk that it needed to be fenced then why would it not be re­moved. Was there a plan for the boat in the first place? Or did they just re­move it and think the job is done?

So many ques­tions. I feel that Frank’s boat has be­come an anal­ogy for Auck­land City, just no plan at all and if there is a plan it does not seem very well thought out. Frank Larking was the ar­che­typal com­mu­nity man. His ser­vice to Hilder’s Park and Beach Haven wharf have been en­joyed by thou­sands over the years, in­clud­ing my­self.

I feel as time goes on the coun­cil un­der­mines his mem­ory and ser­vice, and many of the other Larking types through­out the Shore.

Adrian Cox

Beach Haven In the last cou­ple of weeks a new pedes­trian is­land (com­plete with raised yel­low ‘‘tiles’’ for the vis­ually im­paired) has been in­stalled ad­ja­cent to the petrol sta­tion on Beach Rd, Browns Bay.

What this has now caused is that traf­fic ex­it­ing right from the petrol sta­tion fore­court area is not able to slowly drive and merge into the left hand lane of traf­fic be­fore com­ing onto the new traf­fic is­land.

It is now nec­es­sary to come to a com­plete stop be­fore getting into the line of traf­fic. (What hap­pened to ‘‘merge like a zip’’?) Traf­fic trav­el­ling north along Beach Rd want­ing to en­ter the petrol sta­tion area from the right is now hin­dered some­what by the traf­fic is­land, es­pe­cially any­one with a longer ve­hi­cle or tow­ing.

The lo­ca­tion of this is­land is not where a rea­son­able num­ber of peo­ple cross the road. Just how much did this cost, and why was it nec­es­sary at all?

D Cook



How much must it cost to con­struct a ma­jor through road in Auck­land. I would ex­pect the cost to be hor­ren­dous, but we must have high­ways to en­able the traf­fic to flow freely.

Why then do we al­low the in­side lane on many of our ma­jor roads to be used as free car parks?

A good ex­am­ple of this is Hurst­mere Rd, cars parked along the west­ern side of this road force cy­clists into a very dan­ger­ous po­si­tion into the cen­tre of the road.

Of­ten two lanes could be formed if these parked cars were not present.

No won­der their are so many sin­gle oc­cu­pant cars clog­ging our roads when park­ing is ei­ther free or very cheap.

Vince West



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Frank Larking’s boat is out of the water.

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