By John Subritzky
The “Asset Recycling” program of selling parks is continuing its journey through the Auckland Council process.
Mayor Phil Goff was guest speaker at a New Lynn Business Association After 5 event. Goff spoke about how the Council is preparing its new budget and that the figures to date have not been as dire as predicted last year when Covid-19 created so many unknowns.
We asked the Mayor, “With less pressure on the budget, will Council be able to reassess the need to sell reserves, like the Davern Lane Reserve here in New Lynn?”
Goff responded, “We were looking at selling $224M of properties. A lot of the properties are empty spaces of ground that no one uses ... Davern Lane, the people have made submissions on that … Before we make a final decision to sell, it goes before an independent commissioner who will give us advice on it ... The final decision will be made when all the facts are pulled together.”
If a reserve in the middle of a residential area can be considered for sale, what else is at risk of being “recycled?”