Sport tops wish­list in feed­back

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - FELIC­ITY REID

Asked what they thought was miss­ing from their lo­cal area, over­whelm­ingly re­spon­dents to the draft Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board plan high­lighted the need for fu­ture-proofed sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The topic of parks, sports and recreation made up the ma­jor­ity of the feed­back, with 148 sub­mis­sions - which was more than the rest of the top­ics put to­gether.

All com­ments re­lat­ing to sport unan­i­mously ex­pressed the need for more fa­cil­i­ties.

Both in­door and out­door sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties were pin­pointed by the com­mu­nity.

Of the 35 com­ments call­ing for an in­door fa­cil­ity, 27 specif­i­cally men­tioned a need for in­door bas­ket­ball courts.

‘‘I have been to sev­eral com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties in the greater Auck­land area and see that North Shore is def­i­nitely lack­ing, es­pe­cially for in­door bas­ket­ball fa­cil­i­ties. We need more in­door courts with good pub­lic view­ing ar­eas,’’ a sub­mit­ter wrote.

A de­sire for multi-use fa­cil­i­ties and all-weather ar­ti­fi­cial turfs was ex­pressed dur­ing the six-week con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod.

Some sub­mit­ters also re­quested up­grades to ex­ist­ing parks like Rosedale Park North.

Busi­ness North Har­bour was the only sub­mit­ter to ques­tion the em­pha­sis on sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the lo­cal board plan.

The as­so­ci­a­tion asked for ac­cess to re­search show­ing the wider com­mu­nity’s pri­or­ity for ad­di­tional sports fields over com­mer­cial ef­fi­ciency.

Foot­ball, squash, soft­ball, curl­ing, ten­nis, vol­ley­ball and gym­nas­tics or­gan­i­sa­tions sub­mit­ted to the plan.

Recreation spa­ces tar­geted at young peo­ple were also a top pri­or­ity for peo­ple who con­trib­uted to the plan via on­line forms, hard copy forms, emails, post, at Have Your Say events and on so­cial me­dia.

Sug­ges­tions for youth-fo­cused fa­cil­i­ties in­cluded sports fields and courts, as well as skate parks, ar­cades and youth drop-in cen­tres.

Auck­land Coun­cil staff are cur­rently analysing the con­sul­ta­tion feed­back and will make rec­om­men­da­tions to the Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board.

The Lo­cal Govern­ment (Auck­land Coun­cil) Act 2009 re­quires lo­cal boards to pro­duce and adopt a lo­cal board plan by Oc­to­ber 31.

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