Residents urged to have their say
How could your neighbourhood be improved?
Submissions for the Waitemata and Albert Eden draft Local Board Plans are out for consultation and board members are keen to hear from residents.
People are asked to select the projects or initiatives listed in the plan they would most like to see prioritised over the next three years.
If there are important issues missing, board members would like to know.
Waitemata Local Board chairman Shale Chambers says the board has been more ambitious this time around.
‘‘Certainly we have more projects proposed or suggested than we have budget to meet. ‘‘We’ve very much looking for community input in terms of helping us prioritise what residents wish to see happen.’’
Signature projects include redeveloping Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Hall to create a community hub in the central city.
Upgrading the Ponsonby and Newmarket retail centres is part of the plan as is the creation of a coastal walkway in Westmere.
The board, in association with Puketapapa and Albert Eden local boards, is also looking for a central site to create a resource recovery centre. Reusing and recycling waste is a critical part of Auckland’s future, Chambers says.
‘‘We can’t keep sending things to the tip and inorganic rubbish collections have probably had their day so there needs to be alternatives.’’
Albert Eden chairman Peter Haynes says Mt Albert and Pt Chevalier town centres will be upgraded.
‘‘Westfield St Lukes sucked the lifeblood out of Mt Albert and Pt Chevalier years ago and they have barely recovered.’’
Development of the Mt Albert town centre has been promised for a decade.
‘‘[Mt Albert residents’] patience has worn thin and so has mine,’’ Haynes says.
The plan also sets out the board’s intentions to review the use of Chamberlain Park and to improve suburban traffic safety.
‘‘There is a lot of other really worthy stuff. There is just so much to choose from,’’ he says.
The governing body is working through the next stage of its Long Term Plan which sets out how council will fund projects over the next decade. Council will need to cut its spending to limit rates rises to between 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent.
‘‘In the current situation everything is up for grabs,’’ Haynes says. ‘‘People need to make their preferences very, very clear.
‘‘The best way to do that is through the local board plan,’’ he says.
Go to shapeauckland.co.nz and click on ‘Local Board plans’ or access the plan at your local board office or nearest library. Submissions close August 6.