Western Leader : September 23rd 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz 2 WESTERN LEADER, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 LETTERS Office Ph 837 0340 Fax 837 1760 Editor Claire Kenny email: edwl@snl co nz Sales Manager Julie Cooper email: julie cooper@snl co nz Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: delivery@snl co nz Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 66,754 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '10.) 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Don't miss out- come and secure a space for your child in our unique centre and be a part of our incredible journey and very special family. 4004139AB WRITE TO US Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Hard-copy letters must have a legible signature. Only your name and suburb are published. Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted. We prefer letters about local issues. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. We discourage personal attacks, try to advance the debate. All correspondence to the editor is assumed to be for publication unless marked otherwise. Mail: Western Leader, PO Box 21-167, Henderson Fax: 837-1760 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Governance Resident and ratepayer organisations like the one I am member of, the Massey and Birdwood Settlers Association, are formed to keep on eye on councils and government alike. Yet not many people are clamouring to join resident and ratepayer groups. Pat Booth s article (Western Leader, Sep- tember 20) about the recently elected mayor in the UK is interesting. In 1998 I was a member of Go Waitakere and elected to the council to cut rates and spending. Rates dropped on average by $60, and the spend on library books for example increased. Yet three years later Go Waitakere councillors lost out to a council that in our view promised more spending on a range of services and rates increased. Recently I attended a meeting in Te Atatu Peninsula about the new library and community centre. Artwork in the library and centre became a topic of discussion, rather than the benefit or otherwise of the centre and its functionality. The recent events over who is responsible for the transport issues in downtown Auckland during the Rugby World Cup should have people asking the question have we got the right governance structures in place to manage the country and our local areas? We do not want the local park to be managed by central government, which is now a very real possibility, as the government can take control of local affairs through legislation. The government has its own role, and the council another. Who is responsible for what should be written down. Parliament and councils should not cross each other s path. We do not want to blame the local MP for messing up our local road, through the ballot box, when the MP is responsible for ensuring that more funding is available for health services or police. John Riddell Secretary Massey and Birdwood Settlers Association -- Abridged Mall thoughts I am proud of our Glenmall. Many of us were worried in the early 2000s when the Three Guys supermarket was closed and land rezoned for housing with a non- notified consent. Non- notified consents are issued for development that will have little impact on the com- munity and environ- ment. Some of us thought it was the end of Glenmall but not so. Since the closure of our supermarket the mall has been very busy, probably due to friendly people and good prices. We have flourished without a supermarket and have lots of choices. Now ironically enough, we see a supermarket built through another non-notified consent so the community has had no input into it. How sad it is to see this supermarket not integrated with the mall like our Three Guys supermarket. Andwhyisitbuiltso it stands alone isolated on its corner near the stop light? To visit both shopping centres we will have to drive from one to the other. I think my choice will be to drive to the mall for my shopping as is my custom. Caroline Mabry Glen Eden Janet Clews, deputy chairwoman of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, replies: Waitakere City Council staff and I met with the developers before plans were drawn up. We tried to en- courage a different layout with accommo- dation above as well as a linkage from the rear of the property to Glenmall. But another property owner would have needed to agree to sell a strip of land to make that possible and the substantial drop in level between the main development and Captain Scott Rd made the work very costly. There is only so much which can be done under such circumstances as owners have rights and when their development conforms to the District Plan, no council can force a change however desirable that might be. Glenmall is about to be tidied up and made safer from a traffic perspective and there is a very busy small supermarket in the mall already.
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