Central Leader : March 23rd 2011
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Firstly, the Auckland Regional Council's own report acknowledges that contaminants (DDTs, hydrocarbons, arsenic and copper) have been approved which could leach into the aquifer. It astounds me why they would knowingly agree to this without certainty over collection and treatment of leachate. You also ran an article on March 11 on What If? a natural disaster occurred in Auckland, and whether we would be prepared. I believe access to clean water would be critical. Auckland's underground water resources are key backup water supplies for Auckland -- so why would Auckland risk it being contaminated? Commercial concerns are being put before long-term environmental impacts and the good of the community. I smell a rat. Clean water is a scarce and precious resource worldwide. I want to leave a safe, clean legacy for our children. I hope the Environment Court does too. Joel Cayford Devonport Shipping option Reading your article, March 11, I gather that we are not fully prepared for a major natural disaster. A severe tsunami similar to the one in Japan would effectively remove all means of transport and communication between the population north of the Auckland isthmus and the population to the south. I think one could safely say a fairly large portion of the population of New Zealand lives in this area. Mr Manley's back-up of shipping is not a viable option at the moment either. New Zealand does not have a merchant navy. The Royal Navy has but one vessel, the Canterbury, that could assist. Often this is away on manoeuvres. Does he expect to rely on foreign shipping companies to help in ports where there would be major access difficulties? Whangarei's facilities are at the entrance to the harbour, Auckland wharves are so old I doubt many would be left standing and Tauranga has a fault line running close by, namely White Island to Rotorua. I am presuming there is a better means of general communication available than we had during the tsunami warning from Japan where we were told to check on the internet and listen to your radio. Does the common moan of our power is off'' bring any problems to mind? Not every one has a battery powered radio. Nor for that matter would every radio station have a generator big enough to power up their operating systems. I just hope Civil Defence has one at every station. Just how many is that? I do not claim to have the answers but surely one of the 37 paid staff is qualified enough answer these queries? Steve Gillespie Mt Roskill Home access The Warriors played at Eden Park. However, on the Saturday at 4.30pm I left my home at Reimers Ave, inquiring from the street control security about returning in my vehicle. I was assured by street officers that it was all right for residents to return home, easier still if you have a resident pass for the vehicle that I able to produce for them. At 9.15pm, I headed for home from town, stopping at the local supermarket to purchase groceries. I had hoped to be able to go from Valley Rd into Walters Rd but it was barricaded, as was Bellwood Ave. I managed finally to get across the heavy traffic into Burnley Tce then into Marlborough St where I found another barrier at Bellwood Ave, it was my route to proceed down Bellwood to the south end of Cricket Ave and into Reimers and home. The young attendant at the barrier said I couldn't go through even with the pass I showed him. I became incensed and threatened to take legal action after seeing vehicles being allowed out from Eden Park. The security officer, after five minutes on a radio to someone, allowed me to proceed. I understand the reason for the barriers but residents were promised free access to their homes by the Eden Park Board on match days. This the second time that I have had trouble getting to my residence -- the Crusaders game was the other, I had to drive from Altham Ave which was blocked at the Morningside end to Burnley Tce, Marlborough St, Bellwood to Reimers Ave. What was an eye opener when travelling along Dominion Rd to my residence was the amount of intoxicated game supporters I saw. On Sunday morning there was a number of empty alcohol containers along our street. Both Auckland Council and Eden Park officials really have to look after the needs of the residents. In fact residents should have priority. We have had to put up with construction and associated disruptions, now it appears our individual rights are to be taken away from us on any match days. Frank Guzzo Mt Eden Answers In recent weeks we have read reports on local residents taking big business developments to the Environment Court. A McDonald's spokesperson commented on having met many of the local residents' concerns. Any resident who has followed this case through the submissions to the independent commissioners and the Environment Court knows how McDonald's has bucked at every turn. For example, in the Environment Court they appealed their opening hours concession to residents made at the Ccommissioner hearing. Westfield's spokesperson lauded the way the Auckland Council has endorsed the independent commissioners' recommendations for their plans to double St Lukes mall in size. This is despite reasonable and rational submissions from local residents. While local residents pour in money and time to have their voice heard, the odds are clearly against them. It is time for the Auckland Council to review this process and we should expect answers regarding these instances instead of being fed big business spin from McDonald's and Westfields. Beverley Roser Balmoral Demand for laminate Affordable laminate: Flooring from Just Hardwood Floors. 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