But don’t take my word for it. Yesterday a video was released by Chair of the Manurewa Local Board, Angela Dalton, of one of Len Brown’s biggest sycophants, Ludo Campbell-Reid, a reject planner from London, explaining to an audience in South Africa just how he subverts democracy in Auckland.
The video is long but well worth a look from 23 minutes on. This is the point highlighted by Angela on her Facebook page.
This particular highlight from Auckland Council's Design Champion is at 23 mins....
"I’ve been given the mandate to get on and do it so I just do it and the Mayor protects me I’m very lucky and I pray for the day he continues but we changed the city and we don’t always follow what the public always want or the retailers want because actually they don’t know what they’re talking about in some cases it’s quite complex this whole process it’s about balancing the professionalism and the public involvement because the two have to come together but at some point you have to make a decision make a plan and say “thank you for the consultation we’ve heard you but we’re going to do this and stick to it”"
Aucklanders should be outraged that democracy in the city has been trashed by the likes of Campbell-Reid. Len Brown is this guy’s biggest supporter. This guy is Len Brown’s biggest sycophant. Your guess is as good as mine as to which of them is actually running Auckland. Or is Auckland, as I’ve said before, just an out-of-control train wreck.
Campbell-Reid is described as the first ever Auckland 'Design Champion'. Let's hope he's the last.