Fresh from pulling the pin (then blaming others) on a Queen’s Wharf redesign competition he himself conceived, led and championed, Remuera mayor John ‘in your guts you know he’s nuts’ Banks has again flip-flopped on a policy proposal from his council.
Yesterday the Banks’ and C&R led proposal for after-hours car parking charges for Auckland’s CBD was formally withdrawn by the council’s Transport Committee.
However, as City Vision leader Richard Northey notes: C&R Deputy-Mayor David Hay told the Transport Committee he ‘wouldn’t be surprised if charges for parking after 6pm weren’t brought in parts of the CBD’ after a promised reconsideration in February.
Perhaps that’s part of their secret plan to extend the charges to Ponsonby, Newmarket and Parnell. So look out the rest of Auckland – Banks and the Citrats are coming for you.
It seems, yet again, Banks has arrogantly pushed an un-popular policy on the people of Auckland without properly considering the consequences, then having to back down (perhaps it was this 11,000 person strong Facebook group that scared him off, given the only reason his bumbling sidekick Cr Aaron Bhatnager could give for dropping his 11pm bar closing time policy was this 6,000 person Facebook group – have a listen to him on this disaster of an interview).
People visiting the CBD shouldn’t have to leave their movie, dinner or after work drink to pay Banks’ revenue-gathering parking meters.
This flip-flop adds to the mounting examples of Banks’ failed leadership (and must be doing real damage to his super-mayoralty chances next year), which currently include:
Along with Banks’ shameful first term record of: privatising half of Auckland City Council’s share of Auckland Airport, selling off pensioner housing because the elderly living in them were a ‘non-core’ activity, pushing a failed V8 race in downtown Auckland against the wishes of local residents and costing ratepayers $750,000, and trying to ram a $4 billion highway through the eastern suburbs, it is clear Banks hasn’t learnt anything and his self-described vaunted strong leadership is deserting him.
Then again, I don’t actually recall Banks leading anything much in his terms as mayor…