Call for strate­gic plan to re­vive Mt Al­bert shops

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Carly Tawhiao

Sup­port for a Mt Al­bert mas­ter plan may help the “trou­bled town cen­tre” re­turn to its for­mer glory, says an Auck­land city coun­cil­lor.

Eden-Al­bert coun­cil­lor Mark Don­nelly wants a strate­gic plan­ning frame­work put in place that pulls to­gether trans­port, busi­ness and com­mu­nity to make the town cen­tre thrive.

“We all know how badly run down the Mt Al­bert town cen­tre is,” he says.

“I have found com­mon dis­ap­point­ments with the area’s cur­rent state and a de­sire for all par­ties to work to­gether to map a way for­ward.”

Last year Mr Don­nelly met with par­ties in­ter­ested in his pro­posal, in­clud­ing the Auck­land Re­gional Trans­port Au­thor­ity, ma­jor prop­erty own­ers Unitec and Tramco, and lo­cal res­i­dent groups to get an un­der­stand­ing of how they could work to­gether.

He says al­though the coun­cil iden­ti­fies Mt Al­bert as a low pri­or­ity area for growth, plan­ning must start now.

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Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Mas­ter plan: Eden-Al­bert coun­cil­lor Mark Don­nelly is plan­ning a way for­ward to re­store Mt Al­bert’s town cen­tre.

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