So far this week I’ve covered the following:
- Tuesday: Most ratepayers didn’t get their invite to the junket. Why?
- Wednesday: Walden bans taking of photographs at a public meeting – I don’t think so.
- Thursday: Local press buys into Walden censorship
Ken Edwards wrote this letter to Paul Walden on 14 January, copied to Mike Lee, expressing his concerns about the mess on the Causeway Reserve.
Waiheke Local Board 14th January 2014
We have turned over into another year and I have followed some of the agenda items you have publicized for committee attention. One that is absent is the state of The Causeway at Ostend.
Boat owners permanently occupying space at the Ostend public reserve may or may not be residents. All have adopted privileges of a substantial nature not available to general ratepayers.
This raises a question of accountability by officers required to administer this public reserve, including the enforcement of by-laws and lifting its general appearance.
In the past I or other local residents have had discussions with Councillor Lee, other elements of the ACC, including the reserve manager, and the Auckland Regional Authority before amalgamation. Not a great deal has been achieved.
As a ratepayer and resident of Ostend for 17 years, I am seeking from the Board:
A statement of its policy to meet ACC Bylaw requirements as applicable to The Causeway/Wharf Road Reserve occupation; and
Secondly the Board’s proposals to clean up this public reserve area and make it attractive and accessible for all residents and visitors.
The Board should also give policy guidance on any preferential treatment in evidence.
Cc Councillor Lee
Letters to the Board making representations on various matters are just as legitimate for bringing issues to the Board’s attention as Public Forum. What is disturbing is when only certain letters are acknowledged and not others.
Censorship, favouritism, cronyism, wasteful spending and nothing actually getting done are becoming the hallmarks of this Board.
People don’t write letters for fun they want answers to the issues they raise. Not giving them one doesn’t mean the issue will go away, at least not while I’m around.