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Strange really, people will begrudgingly pay 9.9% increase in rates, but a berm ban causes an actual uproar

Auckland Transport has bitten off more than it can chew after they went after cash for berm gardens the council refuses to mow.

A petition against the proposed ban on berm gardens in Auckland has gained 1500 signatures within a day.

New Zealand Gardener magazine launched the petition after it emerged the city’s transport authorities want to introduce tough new rules banning most types of gardening on grass verges, including fruit trees and vegetables.

Residents wanting to plant anything outside of a strict set of criteria would have to apply for a $150 licence.

Auckland Transport (AT) says gardening on berms has never been allowed, and until now it has followed the policy of the legacy Auckland councils and not taken action over plantings that were not causing a problem.

But generally berm gardens had the potential to create issues with road safety, maintenance, vermin, and neighbour disputes, the agency said.

Meanwhile opposition to the planned ban continues to gain momentum.    Read more »

Let’s use Len’s salary to buy some of these – two problems solved!

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Random Impertinent Questions about Berms

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Why has the council closed half of Orakei Road in order to narrow the already busy road and to install berms?

Who will have to mow these berms now that the council has decided to put them in when they never existed before?

How much has this folly cost?

Why is the council putting in berms when it has no intention of maintaining them?

And it isn’t just berms either…Cameron Brewer has discovered other un-mown council features.

“The long grass around Auckland is not just limited to suburban berms. Auckland Council and Auckland Transport have also stopped mowing many pocket parks, road reserves, and grassed traffic islands,” says Auckland Councillor for Orakei, Cameron Brewer.

Mr Brewer today released two photographs as current examples to highlight his point – one showing very long grass immediately out the front of Point Chevalier Library and the other showing knee-high grass along a kilometre-strip at the back of the Ellerslie Racecourse. Both areas have clearly not been mown for months.

He has reported these and encourages others to ring the council and Auckland Transport on (09) 301-0101 to report long grass in such areas.

“It’s also becoming clear that Auckland Transport is not delivering on its policy promises such as mowing berms that aren’t directly accessible to properties, on steeper gradients, and in front of unoccupied properties. In many cases that simply doesn’t seem to be happening.

“This is not about the little berms outside the posh homes in the flash streets. Most of them remain nicely mown. This is mostly about road reserves with no residential guardianship, the elderly, those on low-incomes, recent migrants, and tenants who in many cases are just not in a position to start maintaining the council’s berms. It’s insulting that our elderly and unwell are being asked to produce medical certificates.

“This is nothing less than a service cut when at the same time many in the Auckland City area have had rates increases of 30 percent over the last three years under this Len Brown council.

Will grass be the undoing of Len Brown?