PHIL TWYFORD INQUIRY
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.
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.
Te Atatu South
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.
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.
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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About 85 per cent of voters support a Te Atatu Rd upgrade inquiry.