Lo­cal boards seek draft plan feed­back

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Bet­ter trans­port links, vi­brant com­mu­nity hubs and in­vest­ment in parks and open spa­ces are all a pri­or­ity for Auck­land’s cen­tral lo­cal boards.

Al­bert-Eden and Waitem­ata lo­cal boards are all seek­ing feed­back on their draft lo­cal board plan, which in­cludes projects and fo­cus ar­eas for the next three years.

De­vel­oped ev­ery three years, lo­cal board plans set the di­rec­tion and the pri­or­i­ties lo­cal boards will fo­cus on.

Al­bert-Eden’s key fo­cus ar­eas will be to se­cure the fu­ture of the Mt Al­bert Aquatic Cen­tre, im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Cham­ber­lain Park Mas­ter­plan and en­sur­ing town cen­tres and lo­cal economies thrive.

Chair Peter Haynes said dur­ing the next term the fu­ture of the aquatic cen­tre would be a pri­or­ity.

‘‘It’s no se­cret the pool will have to move from its lo­ca­tion at Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School, and we need the com­mu­nity to un­der­stand the is­sue, and we do ev­ery­thing they can so we can keep a pool in Mt Al­bert.’’

Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board chair Pippa Coom said it was im­por­tant com­mu­nity mem­bers had their say on the plans.

The board planned to con­tinue work to­wards creat­ing healthy, con­nected, vi­brant and in­clu­sive com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘The board wants to pro­vide spa­ces such as parks, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and re­cre­ation cen­tres that are wel­com­ing and ac­ces­si­ble for our di­verse com­mu­ni­ties.’’

Trans­port, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and safety are com­mon threads through­out the plan.

The board is seek­ing feed­back on pro­pos­als such as in­tro­duc­ing more slow speed zones in res­i­den­tial ar­eas and im­prov­ing pub­lic trans­port in­fra­struc­ture. way of con­nect­ing those in the com­mu­nity in­ter­ested in lo­cal af­fairs.

She said cit­i­zens were able to have an ac­tive voice and hold board’s to ac­count.

Go to sha­peauck­land.co.nz to view the lo­cal board plans in full and have your say be­fore June 30.

SI­MON MAUDE/FAIR­FAX NZ

Im­proved trans­port links and cleaner wa­ter­ways is a fo­cus for some of Auck­land’s lo­cal boards.

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