Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

State of weymouth walkway highlights council service standards issues

Campbell Live’s update last night on the shocking state of the Weymouth Walkway last night got itself a bit confused. The key issue is whether the Auckland Council parks service standard is good enough. Is actually checking on the walkway once a quarter good enough? With a full tidy up annually? These service standards have been under pressure already and will fall further if the Mayor and councilors vote for the further parks cuts proposed in the 10 year Long Term Plan. I think local volunteers can have a role to play – these are our spaces – but this voluntary work should be backed by an efficient rates-funded service that meets the need. I’m sure we can find savings in the $600M per year “Governance” budget if that is needed.

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