Have a say on your neigh­bour­hood

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER AND ROSE CAWLEY

What would you like your neigh­bour­hood to be like?

Lo­cal board plans are open for sub­mis­sions and are a chance for you to have a say on the fu­ture of your com­mu­nity.

Most Cen­tral Leader read­ers will fall into the Puke­ta­papa, Al­bert Eden, or Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki lo­cal board ar­eas.

Here is what each board is hop­ing to achieve: Puke­ta­papa En­sur­ing needs are met in the long term is the goal for the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board.

‘‘We’ve asked our­selves what are the things we need to do in the next three years to make our vi­sion of Puke­ta­papa in 2026 pos­si­ble?’’ chair­woman Julie Fairey says.

Is­sues like town cen­tre im­prove­ments, pub­lic trans­port and en­hanc­ing the Waikowhai coast­line have been thrown to the fore­front of the plan.

De­vel­op­ments such as the Three Kings Plan and Stod­dard Rd im­prove­ments need ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity in­put, she says.

The draft plan plays a vi­tal role in shap­ing the fi­nal doc­u­ment, Fairey says.

‘‘If the com­mu­nity re­sponse is strongly against some­thing then we will re­think it.

‘‘We want Puke­ta­papa to re­flect as much as pos­si­ble what the com­mu­nity wants.’’

In­for­ma­tion ses­sions:

July 15, Fick­ling Cen­tre, 546 Mt Al­bert Rd, Three Kings 4pm to 7pm

July 17, Wes­ley Cen­tre, 740 San­dring­ham Rd ex­ten­sion, 5pm to 8pm

Al­bert-Eden Board

Re­new­ing town cen­tres is a top pri­or­ity for the Al­bert-

Lo­cal Eden Lo­cal Board. Mt Al­bert, San­dring­ham and Green­woods Cor­ner have been ear­marked for up­grades.

‘‘Westfield St Lukes sucked the lifeblood out of Mt Al­bert and San­dring­ham years ago and they have barely re­cov­ered,’’ board chair­man says.

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

Peter

Haynes the use of Cham­ber­lain Park and to im­prove sub­ur­ban traf­fic safety.

The gov­ern­ing body is work­ing through the next stage of its Long Term Plan which sets out how the coun­cil will fund projects over the next decade.

The coun­cil will need to cut its costs to limit rises to be­tween 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent.

‘‘In the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, ev­ery­thing is up for grabs. People need to make their pref­er­ences very, very clear,’’ Haynes says.

‘‘The best way to do that is through the lo­cal board plans.’’ In­for­ma­tion ses­sions: July 16, Mt Eden Vil­lage Cen­tre, 449 Mt Eden Rd, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

July 23, San­dring­ham Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Kitch­ener Rd, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki The area is rapidly grow­ing and chang­ing, chair­man Si­mon Ran­dall says.

‘‘The plan is re­ally about try­ing to get all of the things we do as a board to bet­ter ad­dress the is­sues. Whether it’s our li­braries, our fa­cil­i­ties, or our events, it’s about mak­ing sure that all of it is en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity,’’ Ran­dall says.

In­ten­si­fi­ca­tion around One­hunga is one fo­cus.

‘‘It’s about mak­ing sure it’s done well. We’ll be ad­vo­cat­ing for good de­sign.’’

Feed­back on whether the play­grounds are fit for pur­pose and what people think about pub­lic trans­port would be help­ful.

Re­duc­ing youth un­em­ploy­ment is an­other key is­sue, Ran­dall says. In­for­ma­tion ses­sion: July 17, One­hunga Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 83 Church St, 10am to noon and 6pm to 8pm.

Shared view: Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board chair­woman Julie Fairey and Al­bert Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man Peter Haynes are keen for people to share their views on lo­cal board plans. In­set: Si­mon Ran­dall

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