Fu­ture of pub­lic as­sets un­cer­tain

Eastern Courier - - FRONT PAGE - TARANNUM SHAIKH

‘‘No ap­par­ent ser­vice need has been iden­ti­fied for 34 Moore Street.’’

No de­ci­sion has been made to sell the un­oc­cu­pied pub­licly-owned 34 Moore Street and 16 Fen­ci­ble Drive build­ings and land, says the Auck­land Coun­cil’s prop­erty man­agers Panuku De­vel­op­ment.

Fol­low­ing an ar­ti­cle on Au­gust 2 head­lined ‘Against the sale of 34 Moore St’, the Eastern Courier put ques­tions to Panuku about the po­ten­tial sale of the coun­cil as­sets. In the story, How­ick Lo­cal Board chair­man David Collings along with board mem­bers Garry Boles and Jim Don­ald, former Mayor of How­ick Mor­rin Cooper, and Cross­net com­mu­nity team leader Garry Carr, ex­pressed their dis­ap­proval of the po­ten­tial sale of the old coun­cil and li­brary build­ings in Moore Street and Fen­ci­ble Drive, re­spec­tively.

Collings says 34 Moore Street and 16 Fen­ci­ble Drive have been iden­ti­fied as strate­gic lo­ca­tions in the re­cent How­ick Vil­lage Cen­tre Plan and ar­gues they should stay in pub­lic own­er­ship for that rea­son.

‘‘These prop­er­ties have been paid for by our ratepay­ers, ei­ther un­der Manukau City Coun­cil or the former How­ick Bor­ough Coun­cil,’’ Collings says. ‘‘If sold, the pro­ceeds from any of the prop­er­ties within our area go into a cen­tral bucket and board mem­bers are not happy with this.’’

Panuku chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer David Rankin says it’s likely to hap­pen as any funds from a po­ten­tial sale will go to­wards the coun­cil’s long-term plan.

‘‘Pro­ceeds from the sale of coun­cil-owned prop­erty for which no ser­vice need is ap­par­ent are used by the coun­cil to fund other land pur­chases or build­ing projects that are pri­ori­tised in its long-term plan.’’

But a sale of the How­ick prop­er­ties is not yet planned by Panuku, he says, and any fu­ture de­ci­sions to do so will be made by the coun­cil’s fi­nance and per­form- ance com­mit­tee.

‘‘Panuku is work­ing with Auck­land Trans­port to de­ter­mine whether there is a po­ten­tial ser­vice need for 16 Fen­ci­ble Drive. No ap­par­ent ser­vice need has been iden­ti­fied for 34 Moore Street.’’

How­ick ward coun­cil­lor Dick Quax says the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties depart­ment does not want to re­tain the Moore Street pub­lic as­set.

‘‘We would es­ti­mate the to­tal out­go­ings to be about $100,000 per year.’’

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