PHIL TWYFORD INQUIRY

Western Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

While you’re on trans­port maybe you could look into where all the bus stops have gone. Why pri­mary aged chil­dren are cross­ing Hep­burn Rd with the big trucks well over the speed limit to get to the next stop six schools down that way each day.

KATE CRUM

Glen­dene

Where are the bus lane cam­eras for the west bound lanes and off ramps on the mo­tor­way? If you are sit­ting in the queue to get onto Te Atatu Rd – or any other parts of the mo­tor­way and driv­ers push in by us­ing the bus lane you can record the num­ber plate and call *555 to re­port them. When you call, ask them to get cam­eras up and run­ning.

IAN STE­WART

Te Atatu South

LI­CENS­ING TRUSTS

In re­ply to Molly Mul­hol­land, her let­ter is a per­fect ex­am­ple of why the li­cense trust needs to be looked at and voted on again. It is full of as­sump­tions and state­ments with ab­so­lutely no ev­i­dence or fact. Just say­ing youths will go round smash­ing up the place is just scare mon­ger­ing. There needs to be an in­formed de­bate with ev­i­dence on both sides clearly given with­out blan­ket as­sump­tions be­ing bandied about. I have just moved out west and I don’t re­call any ram­pag­ing youths in other areas in Auck­land I have lived in. In my view, a mo­nop­oly no mat­ter how well in­tended, is sim­ply not a good thing.

ADAM WELLER

Glen Eden

I would like, through your col­umn, to de­fend The Trusts. In do­ing so, I must de­clare first that I am an elected mem­ber of The Trusts. Firstly, The Trusts do not have a mo­nop­oly on the sale of al­co­hol in the west. I am not sure whether your cor­re­spon­dent Ja­son Green­wood has no­ticed the num­ber of winer­ies out west, all of which are in­de­pen­dent from The Trusts. Sec­ondly, a num­ber of peo­ple fre­quent RSAs in west Auck­land and a num­ber of sport­ing clubs have bars, and also gam­ing machines. A num­ber of cafes, bars and restau­rants are lo­cated out west and in direct com­pe­ti­tion with The Trusts. While The Trusts do have a mo­nop­oly on the re­tail out­lets for al­co­hol in the west, the fact that liquor is not seen in our dairies and su­per­mar­kets is good for the health and well­be­ing of west Auck­lan­ders.

JOHN RID­DELL

Massey

Putting aside whether peo­ple are for or against The Trusts, it is time for another vote. Un­der leg­is­la­tion, li­cens­ing trusts ex­ist at the will of the peo­ple. The peo­ple are sup­posed to have a say. The ideal time for west Auck­lan­ders to next have their say about The Trusts is as part of the lo­cal body elec­tions in 2019. By then it will be around 15 years since a vote was last held. Well over­due.

The op­por­tu­nity to vote on it can come about in one of two ways. One way is to have a pe­ti­tion. The to­tal num­ber of sig­na­tures must rep­re­sent at least 15 per cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers for the pe­ti­tion to be suc­cess­ful. The other way that a vote can be achieved is for The Trusts them­selves to sim­ply pass a res­o­lu­tion that a vote will be held.

To my way of think­ing, that is the eas­i­est way and the most re­spect­ful way for a vote to be ini­ti­ated.

I would like to hear from The Trusts whether they are pre­pared to make that res­o­lu­tion, whether they are pre­pared to be part of the vot­ing papers in 2019.

JA­SON VALEN­TINE-BURT Avon­dale

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Let­ters should not ex­ceed 250 words and must have full name, res­i­den­tial ad­dress and phone num­ber. The ed­i­tor re­serves the right to edit and abridge. Opin­ions must be gen­uinely held by the let­ter writer. Let­ters may be re­ferred to oth­ers for right of re­ply be­fore pub­li­ca­tion. Mail: Western Leader, PO Box 21-167, Hen­der­son. Fax: 836 9309. Email: edwl@snl.co.nz.

About 85 per cent of vot­ers sup­port a Te Atatu Rd up­grade inquiry.

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