Elderly can at last rest up

17:00, Apr 15 2014
Frankie Felton
LONG WAIT: Waiheke Fruit and Veg owner Frankie Felton first approached Auckland Transport about installing a seat with views of the sea in spring 2012. Her aim was to help elderly shoppers.

A seat for elderly shoppers is due to be installed in Oneroa this week after two years of costly bureaucracy.

Waiheke Fruit and Veg owner Frankie Felton says she first approached Auckland Council at the end of August 2012.

She says some of her elderly customers rely on taxis to get home and the wait standing outside the shop is hard on frail legs.

Felton was told to write to Auckland Transport, responsible for footpaths, and received an acknowledgement on September 10, 2012.

Nearly a year passed without a word.

Then, in August 2013, Auckland Transport wrote to say she would need to contact the local board about funding the installation.


"So I went to the former board's last meeting before the election and it agreed in principle about the idea of the seat.

"They talked about using an old seat that had been taken from Artworks library area and was being kept in storage."

The current board took office in November 2013 and told her it would try and get one of the stored seats but Auckland Transport was debating how much it was going to cost to install.

Board chairman Paul Walden says the the quote was outrageous and went down to Placemakers to cost the bits needed.

"All up including labour it cost around $170, given the bench itself is free. I asked if I could just put the bench up but was told ‘no'."

Walden estimates the bureaucracy involved has cost around $2000.

Auckland Transport is investigating the matter.

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