Frey­berg Place up­grade

Central Leader - - TRADES & SERVICES - CATRIN OWEN

Lord Frey­berg’s statue has been tem­po­rar­ily re­moved and con­struc­tion’s started on up­grad­ing one of Auck­land city’s shared ur­ban spa­ces.

The up­grade to Frey­berg Place and the re­fur­bish­ment to the Ellen Melville Cen­tre is a $10.71 mil­lion project jointly funded by the Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board and the City Cen­tre Tar­geted Rate.

Work is un­der way to cre­ate a vi­brant com­mu­nity hub that will be child-friendly and ap­peal­ing to in­ner-city res­i­dents, busi­nesses and vis­i­tors.

How­ever in July, Waitem­ata coun­cil­lor Mike Lee was doubt­ful of Auck­land Coun­cil’s ap­proach to the re­de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘Not many of the res­i­dents sup­port the doup of Frey­berg Place, they feel the flag­stones need to be re­placed, not a redesign,’’ he says.

Lee was also con­cerned the statue of Lord Frey­berg dis­ap­peared without no­tice, but was as­sured it had been taken and stored be­fore the con­struc­tion be­gan.

Frey­berg Place is named af­ter Lord Bernard Frey­berg who served in both World War I

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