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Pool use, rubbish collections and libraries are some of the services that will have to be adjusted under the new Auckland Council. Photo / Brett PhibbsThe use of wheelie bins and rubbish bags in areas where they are now used will continue, but the bins cannot be used in areas where official pre paid rubbish bags are used.
Pre paid rubbish bags may be used only in the area they were purchased you cannot, for example, use your Waitakere rubbish bag on the North Shore. Pre paid bags sporting the Auckland Council logo will soon be available, but their use will also be area specific.
You can use leftover bags from your previous council, even though they do not have the Auckland Council logo on them.
Inorganic and HazMobile collections will remain the same, and residents will be advised of the next collection date. Changes to collection days because of public holidays will also continue to be advised.
The Auckland region has one council owned recycling and refuse station, in Waitakere. Its rates will be set by the council.
The other 13 refuse transfer stations are owned by landfill companies, and their rates will be set by their owners.
Building, property and consents
Standardised building consent forms are available from the Auckland Council, and the hourly rate for inspectors is $110 down from $178 in some former councils.
The cost of individual building and resource consents will vary according to the specifics of each project, but simple consents such as for a residential garage should be cheaper than they were.
More than 850 forms are used by the current councils, but that will drop to about 100.
Permits for temporary works such as marquees will also be standardised. Smaller building works, such as changes to doorways to improve access, replacement o Air Max f internal walls, and erecting of fences under 2m high will no Air Max longer require a consent.
Resource consents will be needed for the same activities as now, but will be standardised within the council.
There are no plans to charge for borrowing books, except for bestsellers which will continue to cost t $5 a title.
Costs for borrowing items other than books have been adjusted, and in some ca Air Max ses have dropped.
A DVD that now costs $5 to rent from libraries in Auckland, Franklin, Papakura or Rodney will cost $2 from November 1. CDs will cost $2 and games $5 each, across the region.
Overdue fees for adult books, CDs and DVDs will be set at 50c a day, and bestsellers and games to be charged at $1 a day for late returns.
Overdue children’s books will incur no late fee. All new charges are still proposed, and must be approved by existing councils.
The library amalgamation is known as the My Air Max Card project.
Swimming pool prices are a touchy subject over much of the greater Auckland region and that is not expected to change with the arrival of the Auckland Council.
Manukau residents are the only ones now with free access to public baths, and those living in other areas of Auckland have just been stung with price increases at the pool gates.