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May 17, 2021

Letter to Reflections

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Oh dear, Reflections Board, you’ve done it again. No consultation at all on the refurbishment of the Torakina amenities block.

Was there a call for suggestions? Why don’t you have someone here on the ground?

You can’t ‘see’ the problems here from your harbourside abodes. Great job securing the dollars and starting the work, but a fail on the most glaring problem.

The biggest issue with the building has been lack of light getting into the building, no? But how would you know?

It’s been dark and unpleasant since the original construction. Please explain then why there are no clear panels in the roof?


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  1. It’s back to the 90s in Bruns, where the bureaucrats run the show. We’ve had lots of activity with 5 mature native trees removed from land adjoining the Motel (opposite Massy Greene HP), approved by Council without any consultation or public notification. The garden adjoining the Library apparently needed a paved pathway sweeping past the cake shop entrance and a thick concrete slab to support a bike rack – which could have been located in the existing car park area. A 2.5m wide, bright white, concrete bike path appeared in Balemo Drive, consuming the grassed nature strip, trees and shrubs and off street parking – forcing residents to petition Council to reconsider.

    It’s not that the projects aren’t welcome, it’s the manner the work is undertaken, without due consideration or proper consultation to get the best outcomes. Like skylights in the roof of toilet block at Torakina, solar panels to provide for lighting and hot showers would’ve been nice too – obviously no one reads those public submissions! Some notification is also needed to avoid the shock and the inevitable acrimony and conflict that follows seeing huge beautiful healthy shady trees reduced to woodchip or a big bright concrete path rolling out along the nature strip in front of your home.

    Council spent years developing community consultation processes, policies and procedures, but somehow that all seems to be forgotten, locked away gathering dust in a drawer somewhere. The knowledge bank is depleted, the bureaucrats have taken over and we’ve entered that time warp again!

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