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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday July 21 2014
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, July 21, 2014 — 5 20% OFF BLINDS BY LAHOOD* Q-MOTION puts automation at your fingertips FREE CURTAIN MAKING* Lahood 104 Mt. Eden Road, Mt. Eden | P: 09 638 8463 | www.lahood.co.nz | *Special conditions apply. Offer finishes 31/07/2014 Your local consultant Audrey Mulder For a FREE in home design consultation PHONE 638 8463 NOW 124785-V5 Public funds forthcoming By Marianne Kelly NEGOTIATIONS are continuing to get capital funding in place so that plans for an education centre at an iconic reserve can go forward. At its April meeting, the Howick Local Board endorsed and signed off completion of stage one of the Mangemangeroa Reserve Education Centre project, planned for the reserve in Somerville Road, Howick. It agreed to reallocate $132,500 from its discretionary fund on the condition that the Somerville Foundation makes a matching financial contribution. The foundation says it supports in principle supporting half the $265,000 initial design stage costs, and will consider funding some of the capital works once detail is known about the proposed project and its extent. The foundation says it became interested in the project initially because of the desire of the former owner of the land, the late Archie Somerville, to have a chapel similar to Smales Church at East Tamaki built on the trig on Somerville Road. However, the trustees say to acquire the land and build a chapel may not be the best way of achieving Mr Somerville’s objective. Consequently, the foundation is interested in being associated with the proposed education centre project, with a rider that a significant element of the project could be related in some way to Mr Somerville’s desire for a chapel. A project planning group consisting of board chairman David Collings and members Garry Boles and Bob Wichman is continuing the negotiations with the foundation and other funding parties to secure capital money, allowing the project to move to stage three and subsequent completion of a building on the reserve. The idea of an environmental education centre on the reserve was born in 1994 when the former Manukau City Council bought the land from Mr Somerville’s estate. When the Auckland Council was formed in 2010, the Howick Local Board assumed authority over the reserve and legacy negotiations. The Friends of Mangemangeroa Society presented its vision for an environment centre in October 2012 and $50,000 has so far been spent. In the community needs assessment, 66 surveys were completed by 18 schools, two kindergartens and 46 local organisations and individuals. Support was 83 per cent, while an equally high percentage of respondents felt that environmental education was important for the community. Of the minority who did not support the idea, the main concerns were about the potential size of the building and its operating costs, points that will be addressed in more detail in stage two. A cost estimate for stage two includes preliminary concept designs, including compliance at $83,800, further developed design at $39,100, and final detailed design including documentation at $142,600. Board against proposals for car parking charges VETOED: The Howick Local Board opposes the introduction of universal vehicle parking time restrictions and meters in the Howick Village precinct.Times file photo By Marianne Kelly THE Howick Local Board has joined fierce local opposition to suggestions to introduce paid parking to the Howick Village precinct. At its meeting last Monday, it agreed to lodge formal opposi- tion to Auckland Transport’s (AT) suggestions that parking time restrictions could be removed and turnover managed through price. It also opposed a suggestion to rationalise existing restric- tions throughout the super-city and adopt universal parking time restrictions. The feedback comes in the wake of the release of AT’s Draft Park- ing Discussion Document which is open for consultation until the end of this month. Howick businesses were horri- fied to find the village included in the first stage of AT’s programme for delivery of new parking man- agement plans. But, in its report to the board, AT says inclusion of Howick in the list of ‘other locations’ for the first stage of comprehensive parking management plans (CPMPs) was because it had been working on the Howick Village parking review for some time. The discussion document, it says, notes that ‘in smaller cen- tres the CPMP may only consist of a review of the parking restric- tions and recommendations for improvement’. AT says no plans to introduce paid parking in the Howick town centre are in place. But it could be an option that may need to be considered in the future if the demand for parking increases and time restrictions are no longer effective. At its meeting, the local board endorsed its transport and plan- ning portfolio team’s feedback on the Howick Village parking review, which will be submitted to AT. But it included a rider that, before implementing any changes to parking restrictions in Howick, AT would prepare an area-wide proposal for parking changes. It should directly consult with the Howick Village Business Asso- ciation and all businesses and residents within the defined area- wide zone. Other interested par- ties should also have the ability to submit feedback online. Other recommendations in the Howick Village parking review the board opposes include remov- ing existing parking restrictions from the lower part of the Fenci- ble Terrace car park, and introduc- ing motorcycle parking in Fencible Terrace car park. It says motorcycles do not appear to have any trouble finding space to park in the village and it’s opposed to converting car parking spaces into motorcycle spaces. It doesn’t support introduc- ing mobility parking according to the NZ Standards requirements in off-street car parks because it generally considers there is ample mobility parking in the village. However, it’s recommend- ing that another mobility park- ing space be installed outside 108 Picton Street, as there is only one existing space on the north-east- ern side of the road. It supports the introduction of 180-minute restrictions in the car park at 9 Wellington Street and in Walter MacDonald Street. But it doesn’t support duplicat- ing P60 restrictions, in place on one side of the top end of Uxbridge Road car park, on both sides of its top end. The board also adopted its draft feedback on the AT parking dis- cussion paper. While opposing the introduc- tion of paid parking in Howick Vil- lage, it supports managing parking on arterial roads, but it should not be removed before realistic public transport options are available. It also supports investment in park and ride facilities, but is requesting greater clarity in the strategy. Investment, it says, is needed in areas such as Pakuranga, Botany, Highland Park and Half Moon Bay, that will form transport hubs or feeder routes for connecting journeys on public transport. Also paid park and ride spaces, it says, should not be introduced before there are adequate feeder services to transport interchange facilities. The board delegated chairman David Collings to submit any fur- ther feedback received to AT.
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