Sport tops wish­list in feedback

North Shore Times - - CONVERSATIONS - 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.

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.

Watch­ing his dad ‘‘mag­i­cally fix things’’ in­spired Joji Chute to be­come a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing ap­pren­tice.

CHRIS SKEL­TON

More in­door and out­d­dor courts wanted by com­mu­nity.

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