Res­i­dents urged to have their say

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA and EMMA WHIT­TAKER

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.

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