What would you like to see in­tro­duced to Flaxmere?

Hastings Leader - - News -

What would you like Flaxmere’s com­mu­nity cen­tre, li­brary and pool com­plex to look like?

This is one of the ques­tions be­ing asked in the lat­est round of feed­back gath­er­ing on the fu­ture of these Flaxmere fa­cil­i­ties.

In re­sponse to pre­vi­ous sug­ges­tions from the com­mu­nity, the Hast­ings District Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing whether the fa­cil­i­ties are fit-for­pur­pose for fu­ture growth, and cater­ing ef­fec­tively for the com­mu­nity’s needs.

More re­cently, since the com­mu­nity cen­tre and li­brary were up­graded in 2012, there had been calls for the likes of larger courts for play­ing bas­ket­ball at the cen­tre, and there was grow­ing de­mand for the use of com­put­ers and tech­nol­ogy at the li­brary.

There had also been talk of de­vel­op­ing the out­side green space area be­tween the com­mu­nity cen­tre and the shop­ping cen­tre into a more com­mu­nity and youth-friendly space, in­clud­ing a per­for­mance stage and pos­si­bly play­ground fea­tures.

To gain a greater un­der­stand­ing of what peo­ple would like for the area, feed­back boxes and ques­tion­naires have been placed around the sub­urb, avail­able un­til De­cem­ber 21.

Af­ter the feed­back dead­line, fa­cil­ity users and fa­cil­ity staff will have a meet­ing at the Flaxmere Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to present their in­put, which along with the com­mu­nity feed­back, will be in­cluded in a draft plan for the fa­cil­i­ties.

The draft plan will then be pre­sented to the pub­lic for for­mal con­sul­ta­tion in the New Year.

Flaxmere coun­cil­lor Ja­coby Poulain says the coun­cil wel­comed feed­back on what the com­mu­nity wanted to see de­vel­oped for the com­mu­nity cen­tre in the fu­ture.

“With a re­port set to be pre­sented to the coun­cil in the New Year it’s cru­cial to get your views in now.”

The boxes will be at: Flaxmere Li­brary, Flaxmere Aquat­ics Cen­tre, Flaxmere Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Flaxmere Work and In­come, To­tara Health, Flaxmere Age Con­cern, Ka­pai Waka, Flaxmere New World and Swansea Vil­lage.

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