Councillors flip flop

Richard Northey, who is a weak as Aussie beer and Cathy Casey, both of whom voted to axe berm mowing, and both of whom have been very vocal in support of the axing have all of a sudden performed a flip flop.

They certainly don’t have the courage of their convictions and should be run out of town on  rail.

Auckland councillors Richard Northey and Cathy Casey have done a u-turn on their previous support for not cutting city grass berms and want an immediate fix until after the local body elections.

Mr Northey and Ms Casey are facing strong challengers in wards with scruffy roadsides, and are blaming poor council communication for people not knowing about the new policy.

Mr Northey, who told the Herald on Tuesday that he supported the no-mowing decision and had received feedback in favour of the move, yesterday said people had not been told of the decision or the reasons for it.

He said the berms should be mowed this month and the incoming councillors and local board members should decide whether to resume berm mowing permanently and, if so, how to pay for it. 

Gutless…he should stick to pinching documents from MPs drawers.

The Herald was inundated yesterday with emails from residents, many upset at how shabby and overgrown many Auckland street verges had become.

Many were angry with the council for stopping mowing the berms; others were puzzled as to why some residents did not want to maintain their property frontages.

Ms Casey said the council should en- sure that Auckland Transport continued mowing the berms to give the new local boards the opportunity to consult their communities over whether they wanted to pay for the service with a targeted rate.

Mr Northey and Ms Casey were the only ward councillors from the old Auckland City area to vote in June to stop mowing berms in the old Auckland City isthmus area at a saving of $3 million. The other Auckland City ward councillors, Cameron Brewer, Chris Fletcher and Mike Lee, voted to mow the berms.

People in their wards should toss these veteran troughers out.

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