We need to thank Westie councillors Penny Hulse and Linda Cooper for saving Bob’s Bunker from the chopping block.
In its wisdom, the council has decided to sell off everything around the old Waitakere Council headquarters – two buildings, carparks and land valued at $57.7 million – but not the chambers.
Readers will recall I recently called out our two West Auckland representatives, asking what they were doing for the west – in particular the Henderson Central Business District.
At the most recent council hui, Hulse and Cooper were among the 13-4 majority who voted to sell 7 of the 9 properties up for consideration. But they managed a stay, not sure for how long, on the former Waitakere City Council Chamber – dubbed the Bob Harvey Mausoleum.
So credit where credit is due because we know Hulse and Cooper “sweated blood” to get the chambers built in the first place. There will be some major building works required to extract the chambers from the rest of the building, but I guess they will at least get building inspector’s sign off that will take 3 years going by the Council Resource Consent Process.
However, this sale leaves me with even more wanting questions including:
As an aside, I bumped into Councillor Hulse at a café in Te Atatu recently where she reflected on the fact that some of my commentary was unhelpful.
I accept Councillors’ Hulse and Cooper are hardworking, and are but only 2 votes out of a governing board of 20. But all I ask is do not go into the night silently – and I’m still trying to work out who my commentary was unhelpful to?