Brian Rudman says the Mayor is finally putting his money where his mouth is
‘This week, Auckland councillors put our money where the mayor’s mouth has loudly been, and pledged some serious dollars towards protecting the city’s built heritage.
They deserve our thanks. It’s the sort of civilised gesture now possible in a super city of our size and, to their credit, our politicians have seized the moment, agreeing to invest an initial $10.3 million in a Built Heritage Protection Fund in the 2011/12 year, then $4.6 million in following years.’
Will this make enough of a difference to save our most treasured buildings like the St James let alone small suburban centres like St Heliers. While the current planning processes and attitudes to development within the council planning departments and the environment court remain much of what we love is still at risk.