Eastern Courier : April 6th 2011
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Counties Manukau crime down -- best figures since 2004 Crime dropped by 7.8 percent in Counties Manukau last year. The annual crime stat- istics for January to December 2010 show recorded offences dropped nationally by 5.6 percent. The population rose by just over 1 percent dur- ing the period so per head of population recorded offences dropped by 6.7 percent. The resolution rate dropped slightly to 47.5 percent. Counties Manukau district commander superintendent Mike Bush says the reduction in crime in the district is a pleasing result. He says per head of population total recorded crime for the district is the lowest it has been since 2004. Strategies and poli- cies taken at a national, district and area level are continuing to make a positive difference in our communities,'' Mr Bush says. Our aim is to ensure that our communities are safe and feel safe in Counties Manukau. We have continued to implement some sound initiatives. These include our public safety teams and neighbourhood policing- teams.'' At a district level the resolution rate rose to 51.7 percent, up from 43 percent in 2009. Theft was the most commonly reported crime at 28.7 percent of total crime, followed by unlawful entry at 13.6 percent. Fraud, deception and related offences dropped 44.7 percent in the dis- trict and unlawful entry with intent/burglary was down by 19.4 percent. Beachlands projects get green light By MATT BOWEN Major development is set to descend on Beach- lands village unless last ditch appeals succeed. Controversial plan changes 30 and 30A got the go-ahead from inde- pendent commissioners Anne Candy, Maggie Burrill and Ken Graham last Wednesday. The decisions allow for large-scale residential development on 125 hectares of land directly south of the settlement and a business zone including a Countdown supermarket at the Beachlands roundabout. The Pohutukawa Coast Community Asso- ciation opposed both. Chairman Cameron Butler says they will appeal to the Environ- ment Court hoping to have the business zone scrapped and the resi- dential area at least scaled back. Mr Butler says commissioners made only small changes to the original proposals. We were pretty much assuming this is how it would come out,'' he says. It is disappointing how little has changed. Essentially we're dis- appointed the com- missioners have taken so little regard of local and expert opinion that was against these plan changes.'' In the case of plan change 30 Mr Butler says they realise there is a requirement for devel- opment. We do think this plan change is at least a dec- ade early. We realise every area has to play their part in Auckland's burgeoning population. We don't think it's sensible or best practice planning to put so many people out this far. We'll be appealing to either get rid of it, delay it or at minimum cut it back.'' The group's fund- raising campaign is ongoing. Mr Butler says it doesn't have bucket- loads of cash'' so it may have to be quite tar- geted'' in its aims. Both decision reports are available free of charge to the public. Go online to www. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ districtregionalplans then click on Manukau District Plan under the ''Proposed amendments to plans'' heading. There are a 15 working days from the decision notification date to lodge an appeal. Council opens door for disability group Enabling the disabled: Gayleen Mackereth, helped by her caregiver, is likely to put her hand up for the Auckland Council's disability advisory group. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By MATT BOWEN Disabled access advo- cate Gayleen Mackereth is applauding a new initiative from the Auckland Council. The Disability Group will soon have the ear of mayor Len Brown and councillors. Mrs Mackereth says it's step in the right direction. She pushed the former Auckland City Council to form a similar group during the last long-term plan consultation process. I'm actually quite pleased to see they've taken that up,'' the Howick resident says. It seems to me fairly obvious that they needed that and, not necessarily voting rights, just an advisory to make sure they don't make carparks that you can't get out of. There are all sorts of planning issues that it would be good to have a say in.'' The council seeks people who understand the regionwide issues facing people with dis- abilities. Applications for mem- bership are now open and Mrs Mackereth is likely to apply. Deputy mayor Penny Hulse says it's part of the council's vision for a fair and inclusive Auck- land where all residents have a good quality of life, share in economic prosperity and have opportunities to reach their full potential. We acknowledge that people with dis- abilities still face barriers to their equal participation in the economic, civic and cul- tural life of the city. We seek greater equality by ensuring the views of people with disabilities are heard in relation to all council plans and activities.'' The Disability Group's role is strategic and will focus on issues such as affordable hous- ing, accessible public transport, planning of community facilitiesand social connectedness. Applications close on April 8. Applicants should email their CV to disabilitygroup@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz including a cover letter outlining skills and experience. Phone Marion Davies on 301-0101.
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