Albert-Eden Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of an extraordinary meeting of the Albert-Eden Local Board held in the Albert Eden Local Board Office, 135 Dominion Road, Mt Eden on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 at 1.08pm.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Peter Haynes

 

Members

Helga Arlington

 

 

Lee Corrick

 

 

Graeme Easte

 

 

Rachel Langton

 

 

Margi Watson

 

 

Tim Woolfield

 

 

ABSENT

 

Deputy Chairperson

Glenda Fryer

 

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

18 November 2015

 

 

 

1          Welcome

 

 

2          Apologies

 

Resolution number AE/2015/141

MOVED by Member MJ Watson, seconded by Member H Arlington:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         accepts the apology from Deputy Chairperson Fryer for absence.

CARRIED

 

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

4          Leave of Absence

 

There were no leaves of absence.

 

5          Acknowledgements

 

There were no acknowledgements.

 

6          Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

7          Deputations

 

There were no deputations.

 

8          Public Forum

 

There was no public forum.

 

9          Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

10        Notices of Motion

 

There were no notices of motion.

 

11

Annual Plan 2016/2017

 

Resolution number AE/2015/142

MOVED by Chairperson PD Haynes, seconded by Member H Arlington:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      supports in principle a decrease in the Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC) to better balance fairness and affordability issues.

b)      accepts as necessary, the Interim Transport Levy and awaits the results of consultation prior to formalising its views.

c)      agrees the following key advocacy issues;

Initiative

Why is it a priority?

Advocating to

Mt Albert Town Centre Renewal

 

Bring forward $1.5 million of 2015-2025 Long-term Plan (LTP) funding to complete stages two and three of the project

The Mt Albert Town Centre renewal project provides an opportunity to leverage the recent train station investment and increase public transport patronage.  Public investment in the plaza and wider streetscape improvements through the town centre is expected to provide a catalyst for private investment and generate economic development and urban regeneration, making Mt Albert a destination area.

The project has been divided into three stages which are currently being consulted on. Funding for stage one of the project is secured in the LTP.

To complete stages two and three, the Board requests Governing Body approval to bring forward $1.5 million of LTP funding from 2017/18 to 2016/17. The Board will use its Locally Driven Initiatives (LDI) funding to cover the consequential operating costs of bringing this funding forward.

The Governing Body

Chamberlain Park Implement Master plan

Ensure adequate funding to implement the master plan

Due to a shortfall in the number and quality of sports fields, and limited open space provision in Albert-Eden, the Board has prepared a master plan which provides for future development of Chamberlain Park Golf Course. The plan retains golfing facilities while providing new sporting and recreational facilities. To implement the plan and provide residents with much-needed green space as soon as possible, Governing Body funding will be required.

The Board requests that the Governing Body consider allocating funding for Chamberlain Park so work can commence on developing new sportsfields in 2016/17.

The Governing Body

Aquatics Centre

Ensure that adequate funding is set aside in the latter years of the LTP to retain a functioning Aquatics Centre in Albert Eden

The Facilities Network Plan identifies a gap for aquatic and leisure facilities in the western corridor, running from Mt Eden to Glen Eden. The Board supports an aquatic centre in Mt Albert to address this gap in the Albert-Eden area.

Remedial works on the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre was completed in September 2015. However, this 'remedial work' only provides a short-term solution.

The Board requests that sufficient funds are put aside in the latter years of the LTP to ensure that the Albert-Eden community continues to have access to well-functioning aquatic facilities.

The Governing Body

Transformation of village centres

Retain the funding for the transformation of village centres in Pt Chevalier, Greenwoods Corner and Sandringham in the LTP

 

As set out in our Local Board Plan, we have prioritised three of our village centres as having high needs for renewal to support local business growth and create areas that are attractive to shoppers and visitors.

We are currently delivering an upgrade of the plaza area of Pt Chevalier Town Centre. To ensure that the Greenwoods Corner and Sandringham town centre and Pt Chevalier upgrades are completed we request that the funding in the LTP for these centres is retained in the budget.

The Governing Body

Sportsfield development

 

Retain proposed sportsfield development programme funding for: Fowlds Park, Gribblehirst Park, Nixon Park, Phyllis Reserve, and Walker Park

The three areas with the largest identified shortfall in sportsfields capacity in the region are located in Albert-Eden. With no sportsfield upgrades delivered in Albert-Eden under the Sportsfield Capacity Programme to date, and a fast growing population, the current shortfall in sportsfields hours is increasing and needs addressing.

The Board requests that the Governing Body retains the LTP funding for sportsfields development, including retaining FY 16 funding if work is delayed, for:

Fowlds Park (FY16 $210,000, FY17 $1,890,000)

Gribblehirst Park (FY16 $600,000)

Nixon Park (FY16 $1,250,000)

Phyllis Reserve (FY16 $167,000, FY17 $1,503,000)

Walker Park (FY16 $88,000, FY17 $574,000, FY18 $758,000).

The Governing Body

Central Facilities Partnership Fund

Re-instate the Central Facilities Partnership Fund

Since 2010, the Central facilities Partnership Committee allocated $10 million which was leveraged to provide community projects with a total value of $45 million. This community-led approach was consistent with the empowered communities’ philosophy. With the establishment of the $10m LDI Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) Fund, the Central Facility Partnership Fund has now ceased.

The Governing Body

Asset-based services (ABS) budget

Increase the ABS budget so that it adequately funds renewals in the local board area

There are a high number of ‘poor to very poor’ Parks and Community Facilities assets in the Board area and a shortfall of renewals funding in the LTP to address this. For example there is no budget in the next 3 years of the LTP for renewals of courts, roads in parks and coastal structures in the Albert-Eden area.

Ad hoc maintenance is carried out on these assets, however a more strategic, cost-effective solution is to increase the ABS budget so that assets can be maintained and protected for the long term.

The Governing Body

Greenways

Ensure that significant funds are invested locally from the recently created greenways/walkways regional growth programme. Greenways include: local walking, cycling, ecological and bridle connections for local Greenways Plans across Auckland

The local board wants to provide a safe and comprehensive network of cycling and walking connections in its area requiring further investment over the next ten years. A review by the Albert-Eden Youth Board and the Waitemata Youth Collective showed that youth strongly support a greater focus, and much greater investment, in walking and cycling. As well as providing transport and recreational benefits, greenways also provide an ecological function by allowing flora and fauna to spread out across a wider, and often fragmented, habitat.

We request that the Governing Body retain the LTP greenways/walkways growth programme funding to progress the Motu Manawa walkway (FY16 $70,000, FY17 $1,930,000, FY18, $2,000,000).

The Governing Body

Quality intensification

Ensure quality intensification for Albert-Eden by managing growth in accordance with excellent design principles and heritage consideration

It is critical to the Council's credibility that intensification be high quality in terms of urban design, given the undertakings made during the Unitary Plan process. However, to ensure high quality urban design, Auckland Council must adequately resource the functions that support this.

The Governing Body

Light Rail and Dominion Road upgrade

Ensure the plan for implementing Light Rail mitigates the impact on parking along arterial roads, and includes measures to improve the amenity value of the Dominion Road Corridor

 

Development of the Dominion Road Corridor presents an opportunity to improve the amenity value of, and add interest to the local board area. The Board wishes to see high quality and substantial improvements to the paving, street furniture and lighting as part of the proposed Light Rail project for Dominion Road.

While the implementation of Light Rail will be a positive development, parking along Dominion Road will come under increased pressure to be removed. There is a need to ensure an adequate budget is in place to provide reasonable short and long term mitigation of removed parking along arterials.

This should commence with the implementation of consistent parking regimes on the side roads of arterial routes and local centres. The local board welcomes discussions on possible solutions.

The Governing Body and Auckland Transport

Sandringham and Point Chevalier Community Centres

Pursue the actions identified in the Community Facilities Network Action Plan

The Community Facilities Network Action Plan undertook to investigate options to improve the Sandringham and Point Chevalier Community Centres to address fit for purpose issues and future population growth.

The Board requests that the Governing Body prioritises these actions in 2016/17.

The Governing Body

 

d)      notes that part of the 2015-2025 Long-term Plan (LTP) the Governing Body approved the Board bringing forward $1.5 million of Town Centre Transformation funding from 2017/18 to 2016/17 to complete the wider streetscape improvements for Mt Albert Town Centre, noting that the Board has committed to using its Locally Driven Initiatives (LDI) funding to cover the consequential operating costs in 2016/17.

CARRIED

 

Secretarial Note:       Member Langton, Member Woolfield and Member Corrick voted against resolution a) and resolution c) – the ‘Chamberlain Park Implement Master Plan’ item and requested that their dissenting vote be recorded.

  

 

12        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.  

 

 

 

13        Procedural motion to exclude the public

Resolution number AE/2015/143

MOVED by Member H Arlington, seconded by Member RAJ Langton:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      excludes the public from the following part(s) of the proceedings of this meeting.

The general subject of each matter to be considered while the public is excluded, the reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter, and the specific grounds under section 48(1) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 for the passing of this resolution follows.

This resolution is made in reliance on section 48(1)(a) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and the particular interest or interests protected by section 6 or section 7 of that Act which would be prejudiced by the holding of the whole or relevant part of the proceedings of the meeting in public, as follows:

 

C1       Albert-Eden Local Board Adaptive Reuse of Sandringham and Kingsland toilets

Reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Particular interest(s) protected (where applicable)

Ground(s) under section 48(1) for the passing of this resolution

The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.

s7(2)(b)(ii) - The withholding of the information is necessary to protect information where the making available of the information would be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied or who is the subject of the information.

In particular, the report contains information on a commercial lease with a private sector firm where a public discussion of the lease terms may compromise the council’s ability to negotiate terms to its advantage.

s7(2)(h) - The withholding of the information is necessary to enable the local authority to carry out, without prejudice or disadvantage, commercial activities.

In particular, the report contains information on a commercial lease with a private sector firm where a public discussion of the lease terms may compromise the council’s ability to negotiate terms to its advantage.

s7(2)(i) - The withholding of the information is necessary to enable the local authority to carry on, without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations (including commercial and industrial negotiations).

In particular, the report contains information on a commercial lease with a private sector firm where a public discussion of the lease terms may compromise the council’s ability to negotiate terms to its advantage.

s48(1)(a)

The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.

 

CARRIED

 

 

1.34pm            The public was excluded.

 

Resolutions in relation to the confidential items are recorded in the confidential section of these minutes and are not publicly available.

 

It was resolved while the public was excluded:

 

 

Motion – To move back in to open session

Resolution number AE/2015/144

MOVED by Member H Arlington, seconded by Member MJ Watson:  

a)         That the Albert-Eden Local Board meeting held on Wednesday, 18 November 2015, be moved back in to open session.

CARRIED

 

 

 

2.07pm            The public was re-admitted.

 

 

 

  

 

 

2.07 pm                                              The Chairperson thanked Members for their attendance and attention to business and declared the meeting closed.

 

CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD AT A MEETING OF THE Albert-Eden Local Board HELD ON

 

 

 

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