Have a say on your neighbourhood
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.’’
July 15, Fickling Centre, 546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings 4pm to 7pm
July 17, Wesley Centre, 740 Sandringham Rd extension, 5pm to 8pm
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
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