Residents rubbish bin move
Super-city residents beware – Auckland Council policies that "make a mockery of common sense" could soon be coming to a community near you.
That warning from Hillpark, Manurewa residents comes after they discovered first-hand what a new council policy means. It has decided that all council assets must be on council property.
At the Hillpark shops that means rubbish bins have been taken from the front of shops and placed on a footpath on the opposite side of the car park.
"Now they form obstructions to parents with their children in buggies, the elderly have to navigate their way around them and pedestrians have fallen over them in the dark," Hillpark Residents and Ratepayers chairwoman Elizabeth Barrowman says.
Meanwhile, rubbish is mounting outside the shops and residents and shop owners are furious no-one was consulted.
They want the bins put back, Mrs Barrowman says.
"It is another example of how the `big city' thinks that it knows best.
"How come the needs of a community are less important than what some faceless bureaucrat dreams up as policy?
"How come the simple idea of providing bins has been taken over by some policy that makes a mockery of common sense?"
Manurewa Local Board member Colleen Brown says the council needs to change the way it operates and to find a better way of interacting with the communities it's responsible for maintaining.
"It is the height of arrogance to impose a policy like this without any consultation," Mrs Brown says.
"Any good management process would indicate that you put all your time and effort into the thinking and planning and processing – not into the kind of scurrying around and trying to make good."
Despite questioning council staff a number of times, she has been given no decision on the bins.
She has been told that the council is still discussing what to do because it will set a precedent for all the assets around Auckland that have been or are due to be removed.
But she has been assured multiple teams are working on the issue. "Multiple departments are involved – for goodness sake – give me three good women and we will sort it out in five minutes. Three good people – logical, sensible, people."
The council would not comment, but the Manukau Courier understands 20 other sites in Counties Manukau are set to have their bins moved.
A council spokeswoman says staff are investigating options.
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