The Herald reports:
Auckland Transport has quietly backed down on mowing berms, but is skimping on the quality of grass-cutting.
After months of controversy and scruffy verges, the Auckland Council’s transport arm has resumed mowing berms where residents cannot do so, or refuse to.
But Auckland Transport will cut the grass only periodically, and to a lower standard than previously.
A quiet partial backdown.
Orakei councillor Cameron Brewer said he planned an amendment for the proper reinstatement of berm mowing, which could be funded from a special $101 million dividend from Auckland Airport, or internal savings.
“The policy has failed dismally and saved nothing. The silliness and constant fighting with the elderly, sick, migrants and those who don’t have a lawn mower has to stop,” he said.
My view is that the owner of the berm should be responsible for its mowing.