Albert-Eden Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Albert-Eden Local Board held in the Albert-Eden Local Board Office, 135 Dominion Road, Mt Eden on Tuesday, 17 August 2021 at 2.05pm; adjourned at 4.22pm, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 and reconvened at 4.00pm, Tuesday, 24 August 2021 via Skype-for-Business.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Lee Corrick

 

Deputy Chairperson

Margi Watson

 

Members

Graeme Easte

Entered the meeting during Item 9.1 at 2.15pm.

 

Rachel Langton

 

 

Julia Maskill

Exited the meeting during Item 13 at 3.59pm, Tuesday, 17 August 2021.

 

Will McKenzie

 

 

Christina Robertson

 

 

Kendyl Smith

 

 

ABSENT

 

Councillor

Christine Fletcher

 

 

ALSO PRESENT

 

Councillor

Cathy Casey

Exited the meeting during Item 13 at 3.59pm, Tuesday, 17 August 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

17 August 2021

 

 

 

1          Welcome

 

Chairperson Corrick commenced the meeting and welcomed all in attendance.

 

2          Apologies

 

Resolution number AE/2021/120

MOVED by Member WM McKenzie, seconded by Member R Langton:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)          note the apology from Councillor Fletcher for absence.

CARRIED

 

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number AE/2021/121

MOVED by Chairperson L Corrick, seconded by Member K Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)          confirm the minutes of its ordinary meeting, held on Tuesday, 20 July 2021, as true and correct.

CARRIED

 

 

5          Leave of Absence

 

There were no leaves of absence.

 

 

6          Acknowledgements

 

There were no acknowledgements.

 

 

7          Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

 

8          Deputations

 

There were no deputations.

 

 

9          Public Forum

 

 

Note:   Item 9.2: Public Forum - Dominion Road Business Association, was taken prior to Item 9.1: Public Forum - Amelia Wood - Pedestrian Crossing at Mountain Road.

 

9.2

Public Forum - Dominion Road Business Association

 

Gary Holmes and Chris Hammonds - Dominion Road Business Association, were in attendance to deliver a presentation to the local board to outline the group’s views on the proposed Light Rail.

 

A document was tabled for this item.  A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Councill website as a minutes attachment.

 

Resolution number AE/2021/122

MOVED by Chairperson L Corrick, seconded by Deputy Chairperson M Watson:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      thank Gary Holmes and Chris Hammonds - Dominion Road Business Association, for their attendance and Public Forum presentation.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     20210817, Albert-Eden Local Board - Public Forum 9.2: Dominion Road Business Association - Proposed Designs

 

 

Note:   Member Easte entered the meeting at 2.15pm during Item 9.1.

 

 

9.1

Public Forum - Amelia Wood - Pedestrian Crossing at Mountain Road

 

Amelia Wood – student, Epsom Girls Grammar, was in attendance to deliver a presentation to the local board outlining her advocacy for a second pedestrian crossing at Mountain Road, Epsom, to better enable pedestrians, in particular school-aged students, to safely cross Mountain Road.

 

A document was tabled for this item.  A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Councill website as a minutes attachment

 

Resolution number AE/2021/123

MOVED by Chairperson L Corrick, seconded by Member R Langton:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      thank Amelia Wood – student, Epsom Girls Grammar, for her attendance and Public Forum presentation.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     20210817, Albert-Eden Local Board - Public Forum 9.1: Amelia Wood - Pedestrian Crossing at Mountain Road - Presentation Notes

 

 

9.3

Public Forum - Alcohol off-license application at Greenwoods Corner

 

Justine Waters – local community member, was in attendance to deliver a presentation to the local board to outline her objections regarding an alcohol off-license application pertaining to Greenwoods Corner, Epsom.

 

Resolution number AE/2021/124

MOVED by Member R Langton, seconded by Member J Maskill:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      thank Justine Waters – local community member, for her attendance and Public Forum presentation.

CARRIED

 

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

11

Albert-Eden Quick Response Round One 2021/2022 grant allocations

 

Resolution number AE/2021/125

MOVED by Member K Smith, seconded by Member R Langton:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      approve the following applications received during Round One of the Albert-Eden Quick Response 2021/2022 Grants Fund:   

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Decision

QR2201-117

Circability Trust

Arts and culture

Towards the costs of delivering two "Circability Family Circus Sundays" events to be held at Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, including the cost of advertising, three circus tutors, and one creative director to oversee the health and safety and event management.

$2,200

$2,200

QR2201-121

Holding Space Aotearoa Charitable Trust

Arts and culture

Towards the cost of delivering three youth-friendly “Open Mic” events, including the cost of venue hire, sound technician fee, back-line music gear hire, and bean bag hire.

$2,707.50

$1,500

QR2201-132

Point Chevalier Social Enterprise

Arts and culture

Towards venue and public address system hire, sound, stage, design and printing of posters for the “Pt Chev Festival” on 4 September 2021.

$2,000

$1,500 subject to the local board receiving the quotes requested.

QR2201-101

Bellyful New Zealand Trust

Community

Towards the purchase of plastic and foil containers and delivery bags.

$600

$600

QR2201-103

The Brain Injury Association (Auckland) Incorporated

Community

Towards the cost of electrician’s fee to install the new road sign.

$2,000

$2,000

QR2201-114

Point Chevalier Croquet Club Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards the purchase of four sets of croquet balls.

$2,800

$1,400

QR2201-115

Campbell Park Tennis Club Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards the cost to host "Love Tennis Open Day", specifically the cost of the “Love Tennis” registration kit and on-court coaching fees.

$1,110

$1,100

QR2201-124

Auckland United Football Club Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards the purchase of two junior football goals for Nicholson Park training grounds.

$1,899.20

$1,899.20

QR2201-112

Auckland Marathi Association Incorporated

Community

Towards the cost of hosting a Diwali celebration at the Fickling Centre in November 2021, including the venue hire, sound and lighting, decoration and set up, recyclable cutlery, and design and printing of community magazine costs.

$2,718.90

$750 towards light and sound expenses.

QR2201-129

Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust

Community

Towards the cost of clinical supervision and programme resources used by the youth worker team and counsellors from 1 September 2021 to 30 June 2022.

$3,000

$3,000

QR2201-133

Multiple Sclerosis Auckland Incorporated

Community

Towards a portion of the annual pool hire at both Epsom Girls and Diocesan Girls for hydrotherapy for people with Multiple Sclerosis living in the Albert-Eden area.

$2,000

$2,000

QR2201-127

N R Smith on behalf of Predator Free Waterview

Environment

Towards traps and chew cards.

$1,000

$1,000

QR2201-111

Balmoral Seventh Day Adventist School

Sport and recreation

Towards the transport costs for a six day “Water Skills for Life Swimming Programme” at the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre for year three to six students in November 2021.

$1,759.50

$880

TOTAL

$19,829.20

 

b)         decline the following applications received during Round One of the Albert-Eden Quick Response 2021/2022 Grants Fund:

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Decision

QR2201-106

Almanar Trust

Community

Towards the costs of security, bouncy castle, and games hire to host the “Almanar Trust Eid event” in May 2022.

$2,822.40

Declined noting the benefit to the local community is not clear and the activity takes place outside the local board area.

QR2201-110

[redacted] Siu

Community

Towards the purchase of a new computer for personal use.

$1,000

Declined noting the application is outside the scope of the Albert-Eden Local Board 2021/2022 Grants Programme.

QR2201-125

Mat Connolly

Community

Towards the purchase of teardrop flags, projector and fitness packs.

$1,000

Declined noting the application is insufficiently developed.

QR2201-126

Sandringham Business Association Incorporated

Events

Towards the "Sandringham Spring Street Festival" traffic management cost.

$3,000

Declined noting the local board has previously funded this event from its Economic Development Grant allocation in April 2021.

QR2201-104

Te Roopu O Wai Ora Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards health and fitness (Kenpo) classes and boxing training and fitness classes, for the 24-week community club programme for at-risk youths.

$3,000

Declined noting the benefit is for communities outside the local board area.

 

CARRIED

 

Resolution number AE/2021/126

MOVED by Member K Smith, seconded by Member R Langton:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

c)         approve the following application received during Round One of the Albert-Eden Quick Response 2021/2022 Grants Fund:

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Decision

QR2201-128

Mt Albert Presbyterian Church

Community

Towards the purchase of new tables and chairs for the Mt Albert Presbyterian Church Hall.

$3,000

$2,000

TOTAL

$2,000

 

CARRIED

 

 

12

Future Tenancy of Former Bowling Club Nicholson Park, 25 Poronui St, Mt Eden

 

Jo Heaven - Senior Community Lease Advisor, was in attendance to speak to the report.

 

Resolution number AE/2021/127

MOVED by Chairperson L Corrick, seconded by Member K Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      approve advertising calling for expressions of interest to lease the council-owned building (approximately 200m²) and/or greens area (approximately 1200m²) located on Nicholson Park Reserve, 25 Poronui Road, Mt Eden (Attachment A).

b)      thank Jo Heaven - Senior Community Lease Advisor, for her attendance.

CARRIED

 

An amendment was moved by Deputy Chairperson Watson, seconded by Member Robertson:

b)       invite the Handweavers and Spinners Guild Auckland to apply during the Expression of Interest (EOI) process noting its status as a current tenant.

 

Members votes by voice were as follows:

For

Member J Maskill

Member C Robertson

Deputy Chairperson M Watson

Against

Chairperson L Corrick

Member R Langton

Member WM McKenzie

Member K Smith

Abstained

Member G Easte

 

The motion was declared lost by 3 votes to 4.

 

 

 

Note:   Member Maskill and Councillor Casey exited the meeting at 3.59pm, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 during initial discussion of Item 13: Indicative Business Case: Aquatic Provision in Albert-Eden Local Board.

 

 

14

Albert-Eden Joint Council-Controlled Organisations (CCO) Engagement Plan 2021-2022

 

Robyn Allpress – Senior Local Board Advisor, was in attendance to speak to the report.

 

Resolution number AE/2021/128

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson M Watson, seconded by Member K Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      adopt the Joint Engagement Plan 2021-2022, with the addition of the Waterview Precinct Plan to the list of plans in Albert-Eden Local Board area, as agreed between the local board and Auckland Council’s substantive Council-Controlled Organisations: Auckland Transport, Auckland Unlimited, Panuku Development Auckland, and Watercare.

b)      note that the Joint Engagement Plan is a live document that will be updated as needed, with changes reported to the local board each quarter.

c)      authorise the chair of the local board to sign this agreement on behalf of the local board, in conjunction with representatives from the four Council-Controlled Organisations (CCOs).

d)      thank Robyn Allpress – Senior Local Board Advisor, for her attendance.

CARRIED

 

 

Note:   Chairperson Corrick adjourned the meeting at 3.58pm and reconvened the meeting at 4.05pm.

 

15

Albert-Eden Local Board feedback on the resource management system reform: Natural and Built Environment Bill exposure draft

 

Emma Reed – Local Board Advisor, was in attendance to speak to the report.

 

Resolution number AE/2021/129

MOVED by Member WM McKenzie, seconded by Member G Easte:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      note the formal feedback on the Ministry for the Environment’s Natural and Built Environment Bill exposure draft (Attachment A) as authorised by delegation to Members Easte and McKenzie on 20 July 2021.

b)      thank Emma Reed – Local Board Advisor, for her assistance and attendance.

CARRIED

 

 

17

Albert-Eden Local Board Annual Report 2020/2021

 

Resolution number AE/2021/130

MOVED by Chairperson L Corrick, seconded by Deputy Chairperson M Watson:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      adopt the draft 2020/2021 Albert-Eden Local Board Annual Report as set out in Attachment A to the agenda report.

b)      note that any minor proposed changes after the adoption will be clearly communicated and agreed with the chairperson before the report is submitted for adoption by the Governing Body on 27 September 2021.

c)      note that the draft 2020/2021 Albert-Eden Local Board Annual Report, as set out in Attachment A to the agenda report, will remain confidential until after the Auckland Council group results for 2020/2021 are released to the New Zealand Stock Exchange which are expected to be made public by 28 September 2021.

CARRIED

 

 

 

18

Auckland Council’s Performance Report: Albert-Eden Local Board for March to June 2021

 

Emma Reed – Local Board Advisor, was in attendance to speak to the report.

 

Resolution number AE/2021/131

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson M Watson, seconded by Member WM McKenzie:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive the performance report for March to June 2021.

b)      note the financial performance report in Attachment B of the report will remain confidential until after the Auckland Council Group results for 2020/2021 are released to the New Zealand’s Exchange (NZX) which are expected to be made public on or about 30 September 2021.

c)      acknowledge and thank council staff for implementing the Albert-Eden Local Board work programme over the last 12 months under challenging circumstances.

d)      thank Emma Reed – Local Board Advisor, for her attendance.

CARRIED

 

 

 

19

Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward Councillors' Updates

 

Note:  This item was withdrawn.

 

 

 

 

20

Chairperson's Report

 

Resolution number AE/2021/132

MOVED by Member K Smith, seconded by Deputy Chairperson M Watson:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive Chairperson Corrick’s August 2021 report.

CARRIED

 

 

 

21

Board Members' Reports

 

Note:  This item was withdrawn.

 

 

 

22

Albert-Eden Local Board 2021 Governance Forward Work Calendar

 

Resolution number AE/2021/133

MOVED by Member K Smith, seconded by Chairperson L Corrick:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      note the August 2021 edition of the Albert-Eden Local Board 2021 Governance Forward Work Calendar.

CARRIED

 

 

 

23

Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop Records

 

A document was tabled for this item.  A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Councill website as a minutes attachment.

 

Resolution number AE/2021/134

MOVED by Member C Robertson, seconded by Chairperson L Corrick:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive the Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop Records for the workshops held on the 27 July 2021 and the 3 and 10 August 2021.

b)      receive the tabled revised Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop record for the 10 August 2021.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     20210817, Albert-Eden Local Board - Item 23: Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop Records - 10 August 2021 Albert-Eden Local Board Revised Workshop Record

 

 

 

24        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

Motion – Adjournment of Albert-Eden Local Board 17 August 2021 Meeting

Resolution number AE/2021/135

MOVED by Chairperson L Corrick, seconded by Member C Robertson:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)           agree to adjourn the Albert-Eden Local Board 17 August 2021 meeting to 4.00pm, Tuesday, 24 August 2021 via Skype-for-Business.

CARRIED

 

 

Note:   The meeting was adjourned at 4.22pm, Tuesday, 17 August 2021.

Note:   The Tuesday, 17 August 2021 meeting of the Albert-Eden Local Board was reconvened at 4.00pm, Tuesday, 24 August 2021, via Skype-for-Business.

            The following members were present: Chairperson Corrick, Deputy Chairperson Watson and Members Easte, Langton, Maskill, McKenzie, Robertson and Smith.

 

 

13

Indicative Business Case: Aquatic Provision in Albert-Eden Local Board

 

Carole Canler - Senior Policy Manager, and Kelsey Hanrahan – Graduate Policy Advisor, were in attendance to speak to this report during the 17 August 2021 part of the meeting.

 

Note:   During the Albert-Eden Local Board 17 August 2021 business meeting, by agreement of the local board, it was agreed that the item lie on the table until the reconvened meeting on Tuesday, 24 August 2021.

 

Resolution number AE/2021/136

MOVED by Chairperson L Corrick, seconded by Member K Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         request staff seek the view of the Mt Albert Grammar School Community Pool Trust and Mt Albert Grammar on the Indicative Business Case: Aquatic Provision in Albert-Eden Local Board report by 10 September 2021.

b)        request council staff to attend a workshop with the local board as soon as possible to discuss the Indicative Business Case: Aquatic Provision in Albert-Eden Local Board and following the workshop refer the report to 21 September 2021 for formal resolution.

CARRIED

 

 

16

Proposal to make a new Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw

 

Note:   During the Albert-Eden Local Board 17 August 2021 business meeting, by agreement of the local board, it was agreed that the item lie on the table until the reconvened meeting on Tuesday, 24 August 2021.

 

MOVED by Chairperson L Corrick, seconded by Member W McKenzie:

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      generally support in principle the draft Statement of Proposal on Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau Te Ture ā-Rohe Noho Puni Wātea ā-Waka 2022 / Auckland Council Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022.

b)      note the improvements to this draft Statement of Proposal, as the Albert-Eden Local Board provided feedback in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and identified several concerns that have been addressed in the current draft.

c)      note the following features about the Albert-Eden Local Board area:

i)       it is densely populated;

ii)      is sited on the central isthmus, within easy reach of the airport and central city;

iii)     there is a heavy demand on local parks and carparks;

iv)     there are conflicting high-use activities on local parks;

vi)     the majority of possible freedom camping locations are small neighbourhood parks or carparks and are in close proximity to intensive residential areas.

d)      note that staff have been unable to provide the Albert-Eden Local Board with a list of which parks are held under the Reserves Act 1977 and which are held under the Local Government Act 2002, so there is no clarity on which parks are provided protection under the draft Statement of Proposal on Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022.

e)      note that there is significant exposure to freedom camping in Albert-Eden as the majority of reserves and parks in Albert-Eden Local Board area are held under the Local Government Act 2002 rather that the Reserves Act 1977, and this is significantly lower than other local boards for example, the five local boards who have undertaken omnibus Management Plans in recent years have an average of 94 per cent of their parks held under the Reserves Act 1977.

f)       note that the Albert-Eden Local Board engaged the community in 2019 and received feedback that littering, safety, capacity of facilities, damage to significant cultural or historical features and environmental impacts were the main concerns raised.

Prohibited or restricted sites

g)      request the following urban parks or car parks held under the Local Government Act 2002 be classified as prohibited in the draft Statement of Proposal on Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022 as they need protection on the basis of public safety, environmental impact or conflicting high-use activity:

Park or car park

Reason for prohibition

a.    Aberfoyle Reserve, Epsom

Kindergarten on site, no toilets.

b.    Raymond St Reserve, Point Chevalier

Boat ramp, lease over carpark by Sailing Club, history of anti-social behaviour, 24 hour alcohol ban in place, locked at night.

c.     Phyllis Reserve, Mount Albert

Sports clubs, current parking issues, next to playcentre, history of anti-social behaviour, 24 hour alcohol ban in place, locked at night.

d.    Athol Syms Hall, 11 Griffin Avenue (adjacent to Griffin Reserve), Epsom

Venue for hire on site, confined space, no toilets.

e.    Windmill Green, Mount Eden

No toilets.

f.      Kūkūwai Park, Ōwairaka

No toilets, little surveillance, sportsfield, locked at night.

g.    Pascoe Quarry Reserve, Epsom

Sports clubs on site, no toilets.

h.    Mount Albert War Memorial Reserve, Mount Albert

Consecrated site, used for Anzac services, community centre, leisure centre, venues for hire, community lease and playground on site, events often held in park, playgroup on site, toilets only in Rocket Park, history of anti-social behaviour, partial gate locking at night, part of carpark to be decommissioned and converted to construction site for Central Interceptor.

i.      Mount Eden War Memorial Reserve, Mount Eden

Consecrated site, used for Anzac services, community and commercial leases and venue for hire on site, no toilets.

j.      Jack Dickey Community Hall, Greenlane

Confined space, busy arterial road, no toilets.

k.     Essex Road carpark, Mount Eden

Confined space, no toilets, paid carpark.

l.      Parr Road North carpark, Point Chevalier

No toilets, history of anti-social behaviour, 24 hour alcohol ban in place.

m.   Epsom Library, Epsom

Library on site, no toilets, confined site.

n.    Mount Albert Library, Mount Albert

Library and sports clubs adjacent to site, no toilets.

o.    990 Great North Road, Western Springs

Waiorea Community Recycling Centre.

p.    Epsom Community Centre carpark, Epsom

Community centre, community lease, kindergarten and creche on site.

q.    16-20 Huia Road, Point Chevalier

Shopping centre carpark, library and community centre carpark, Plunket rooms and the early childhood education carpark, history of anti-social behaviour, 24 hour alcohol ban in place.

r.     135 Dominion Road, Mount Eden

Confined space, history of anti-social behaviour, no toilets, timber parking deck may not be rated for multiple heavy vehicles.

s.     Monkey Hill Reserve, Sandringham

Restricted space.

 

h)      request the following parks held under the Local Government Act 2002 be classified as restricted in the draft Statement of Proposal on Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022:

Park

Area- specific restrictions

a)    Certified self-contained vehicles only.

b)    Must be parked within any marked lines in the designated parking area.

c)    Overnight only, don’t occupy before 3.00pm and must vacate parking space by 9.00am.

d)    Maximum 2 nights in a 2-week consecutive period.

a.    Chamberlain Park, Mount Albert

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

b.    Western Springs Garden Community Hall, Western Springs

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

c.     Nixon Park, Kingsland

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

d.    Neville Street adjacent to Walker Park, Point Chevalier

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

e.    St Andrews Road adjacent to Melville Park, Epsom

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

f.      Kiwitea Street adjacent to Freyberg Field, Sandringham

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

g.     Windmill Road adjacent to Windmill Park, Epsom

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

 

i)       request that all spaces that contain a boat ramp, urupā or cemetery are included on the prohibited schedule due to their sensitive use or nature.

General rules

j)       support the principle of including general rules for areas that are not reserves or individually scheduled in the bylaw.

k)      support the following general rules:

i)       require freedom campers to use certified self-contained vehicles;

ii)      allow freedom campers to stay a maximum of 2 nights in the same road or off-road parking area;

iii)     require freedom campers to not return to the same area within two weeks.

l)       request the general rule relating to departure time include an arrival time restriction as follows:

i)       freedom campers must not occupy their parking space before midday on their day of arrival and must vacate their parking space by 9.00am on their day of departure.

m)     request staff investigate a new general rule which restricts freedom camping arrival time to after 4.00pm and departure time to before 8.00am within close proximity (for example, 50-100m) of a school or early childhood facility, which aligns to the Freedom Camping Act 2011 criteria of protecting the health and safety of people who may visit the area, given:

i)       the number of traffic and pedestrian movements, especially during peak times;

ii)      the risk to children’s safety around large vehicles.

Impact on people experiencing homelessness

n)      support the intent that the draft Statement of Proposal on Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022 is not intended to manage homelessness across Auckland, which should be dealt with by other measures and support enforcement of the Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022 be done with a compassionate approach.

Enforcement and implementation

o)      note that once operative the Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022 should be well monitored and enforced and areas properly resourced with appropriate infrastructure (including public toilets) noting that there appears to be an ongoing preference by freedom campers to use public facilities.

p)      request Auckland Council staff undertake a proactive promotion and advertising programme for a select number of suitable freedom camping locations across Auckland which:

i)        are identified by local boards as suitable locations;

ii)       have adequate supporting facilities and infrastructure;

iii)      are supported by additional compliance staff providing education, monitoring and enforcement;

iv)     may be sites listed as restricted or may be managed under the general rules and therefore less known to the general public to be suitable locations.

 

 

An amendment by way of addition was Moved by Member Maskill, seconded by Member Robertson:

n)      request first that the bylaw specifically states that it does not apply to people who are homeless; and secondly that for the purposes of the bylaw ‘homeless’ includes   ‘sleeping in a vehicle, which may have been modified to enable comfortable sleeping and other arrangements required for dignity and security’.

CARRIED

 

An amendment was Moved by Deputy Chairperson Watson, seconded by Member Easte:

g)      request that the following spaces including parks, reserves, carparks and sportsfields held under the Local Government Act 2002 need protection and be classified as prohibited under the Statement of Proposal on Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022 on the basis of public safety, environmental impact or conflicting high-use activity already being in that space:

 

Park or car park

Reason for prohibition

a.    Aberfoyle Reserve, Epsom

Kindergarten on site, no toilets.

b.    Raymond St Reserve, Pt Chevalier

Boat ramp, lease over carpark by Sailing Club, history of anti-social behaviour, 24 hour alcohol ban in place, locked at night.

c.     Phyllis Reserve, Mount Albert

Sports clubs, current parking issues, next to playcentre, history of anti-social behaviour, locked at night.

d.    Athol Syms Hall, 11 Griffin Avenue, Epsom

Venue for hire on site, confined space, no toilets.

e.    Windmill Green, Mount Eden

No toilets.

f.      Kūkūwai Park, Ōwairaka

No toilets, little surveillance, sportsfield, locked at night.

g.    Pascoe Quarry Reserve, Epsom

Sports clubs on site, no toilets.

h.    Mount Albert War Memorial Reserve, Mount Albert

Consecrated site, used for Anzac services, community centre, leisure centre, venues for hire, community lease and playground on site, events often held in park, playgroup on site, toilets only in Rocket Park, history of anti-social behaviour, partial gate locking at night, part of carpark to be decommissioned and converted to construction site for Central Interceptor.

i.      Mount Eden War Memorial Reserve, Mount Eden

Consecrated site, used for Anzac services, community and commercial leases and venue for hire on site, no toilets.

j.      Jack Dickey Community Hall, Greenlane

Confined space, busy arterial road, no toilets.

k.     Essex Road carpark, Mount Eden

Confined space, no toilets, paid parking.

l.      Parr Road North carpark, Point Chevalier

No toilets, history of anti-social behaviour, 24 hour alcohol ban in place.

m.   Epsom Library, Epsom

Library on site, no toilets, confined space.

n.    Mount Albert Library, Mount Albert

Library and sports clubs adjacent to site, no toilets.

o.    956-990 Great North Road

Waiorea Community Recycling Centre.

p.    Epsom Community Centre carpark, Epsom

Community centre, community lease, kindergarten and creche on site.

q.    16-20 Huia Road, Pt Chevalier

Shopping centre carpark, library and community centre carpark. Plunket rooms and the early childhood education carpark, history of anti-social behaviour, 24 hour alcohol ban in place.

r.     135 Dominion Road, Mount Eden

Confined space, history of anti-social behaviour, no toilets, timber parking deck may not be rated for multiple heavy vehicles.

s.     Monkey Hill Reserve

Restricted space.

t.      Chamberlain Park, Mt Albert                                                                        

Highly utilised sports facility, no toilets, gated at night to protect expensive assets.

u.    Warren Freer Park, Sandringham                                                                                   

Highly utilised sportsfield, no toilets.

v.     Western Springs Community Hall, 956-990 Great North Road, Western Springs  

Albert-Eden’s most popular hall for hire and parking for MOTAT and Western Springs.

w.   Nixon Park, Kingsland  

Highly utilised sportsfield.

x.     Neville St, adjacent to Walker Park, Pt Chevalier              

Highly utilised sportsfields, playground, bus layover site.

y.     St Andrews Road, adjacent to Melville Park, Epsom                                                        

Highly utilised sports facility, hall for hire, playground.

z.     Kiwitea Street adjacent to Freyberg Field, Sandringham.                        

Highly utilised sports field and community facility.    

aa.  Windmill Road adjacent to Windmill Park, Epsom  

Highly utlised sports facility, basketball and dog off leash area.

bb.  Owairaka Park, Owairaka           

Utilised playground, basketball, skate park, sportsfield, community garden.

 

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Member G Easte

Member J Maskill

Member C Robertson

Deputy Chairperson M Watson

Against

Chairperson L Corrick

Member R Langton

Member WM McKenzie

Member K Smith

Abstained

 

The motion was declared TIED.

The chairperson exercised her casting vote against so the motion was LOST.

 

 

The chairperson put the substantive motion.

 

The motion was put in parts.

 

Resolution number AE/2021/137

MOVED by Chairperson L Corrick, seconded by Member WM McKenzie:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         generally support in principle the draft Statement of Proposal on Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau Te Ture ā-Rohe Noho Puni Wātea ā-Waka 2022 / Auckland Council Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022.

b)        note the improvements to this draft Statement of Proposal, as the Albert-Eden Local Board provided feedback in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and identified several concerns that have been addressed in the current draft.

c)         note the following features about the Albert-Eden Local Board area:

i)          it is densely populated;

ii)         is sited on the central isthmus, within easy reach of the airport and central city;

iii)       there is a heavy demand on local parks and carparks;

iv)       there are conflicting high-use activities on local parks;

v)         the majority of possible freedom camping locations are small neighbourhood parks or carparks and are in close proximity to intensive residential areas.

d)        note that staff have been unable to provide the Albert-Eden Local Board with a list of which parks are held under the Reserves Act 1977 and which are held under the Local Government Act 2002, so there is no clarity on which parks are provided protection under the draft Statement of Proposal on Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022.

e)         note that there is significant exposure to freedom camping in Albert-Eden as the majority of reserves and parks in Albert-Eden Local Board area are held under the Local Government Act 2002 rather that the Reserves Act 1977, and this is significantly lower than other local boards for example, the five local boards who have undertaken omnibus Management Plans in recent years have an average of 94 per cent of their parks held under the Reserves Act 1977.

f)          note that the Albert-Eden Local Board engaged the community in 2019 and received feedback that littering, safety, capacity of facilities, damage to significant cultural or historical features and environmental impacts were the main concerns raised.

i)          request that all spaces that contain a boat ramp, urupā or cemetery are included on the prohibited schedule due to their sensitive use or nature.

General rules

j)          support the principle of including general rules for areas that are not reserves or individually scheduled in the bylaw.

k)         support the following general rules:

i)          require freedom campers to use certified self-contained vehicles;

ii)         allow freedom campers to stay a maximum of 2 nights in the same road or off-road parking area;

iii)       require freedom campers to not return to the same area within two weeks.

l)          request the general rule relating to departure time include an arrival time restriction as follows:

i)          freedom campers must not occupy their parking space before midday on their day of arrival and must vacate their parking space by 9.00am on their day of departure.

m)       request staff investigate a new general rule which restricts freedom camping arrival time to after 4.00pm and departure time to before 8.00am within close proximity (for example, 50-100m) of a school or early childhood facility, which aligns to the Freedom Camping Act 2011 criteria of protecting the health and safety of people who may visit the area, given:

i)          the number of traffic and pedestrian movements, especially during peak times;

ii)         the risk to children’s safety around large vehicles.

Impact on people experiencing homelessness

n)        request first that the bylaw specifically states that it does not apply to people who are homeless; and secondly that for the purposes of the bylaw ‘homeless’ includes ‘sleeping in a vehicle, which may have been modified to enable comfortable sleeping and other arrangements required for dignity and security’.

o)        support the intent that the draft Statement of Proposal on Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022 is not intended to manage homelessness across Auckland, which should be dealt with by other measures and support enforcement of the Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022 be done with a compassionate approach.

Enforcement and implementation

p)        note that once operative the Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022 should be well monitored and enforced and areas properly resourced with appropriate infrastructure (including public toilets) noting that there appears to be an ongoing preference by freedom campers to use public facilities.

q)        request Auckland Council staff undertake a proactive promotion and advertising programme for a select number of suitable freedom camping locations across Auckland which:

i)          are identified by local boards as suitable locations;

ii)         have adequate supporting facilities and infrastructure;

iii)       are supported by additional compliance staff providing education, monitoring and enforcement;

iv)       may be sites listed as restricted or may be managed under the general rules and therefore less known to the general public to be suitable locations.

CARRIED

 

Resolution number AE/2021/138

MOVED by Chairperson L Corrick, seconded by Member WM McKenzie:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

g)     request the following urban parks or car parks held under the Local Government Act 2002 be classified as prohibited in the draft Statement of Proposal on Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022 as they need protection on the basis of public safety, environmental impact or conflicting high-use activity:

Park or car park

Reason for prohibition

a.    Aberfoyle Reserve, Epsom

Kindergarten on site, no toilets.

b.    Raymond St Reserve, Point Chevalier

Boat ramp, lease over carpark by Sailing Club, history of anti-social behaviour, 24 hour alcohol ban in place, locked at night.

c.    Phyllis Reserve, Mount Albert

Sports clubs, current parking issues, next to playcentre, history of anti-social behaviour, 24 hour alcohol ban in place, locked at night.

d.    Athol Syms Hall, 11 Griffin Avenue (adjacent to Griffin Reserve), Epsom

Venue for hire on site, confined space, no toilets.

e.    Windmill Green, Mount Eden

No toilets.

f.     Kūkūwai Park, Ōwairaka

No toilets, little surveillance, sportsfield, locked at night.

g.    Pascoe Quarry Reserve, Epsom

Sports clubs on site, no toilets.

h.    Mount Albert War Memorial Reserve, Mount Albert

Consecrated site, used for Anzac services, community centre, leisure centre, venues for hire, community lease and playground on site, events often held in park, playgroup on site, toilets only in Rocket Park, history of anti-social behaviour, partial gate locking at night, part of carpark to be decommissioned and converted to construction site for Central Interceptor.

i.      Mount Eden War Memorial Reserve, Mount Eden

Consecrated site, used for Anzac services, community and commercial leases and venue for hire on site, no toilets.

j.      Jack Dickey Community Hall, Greenlane

Confined space, busy arterial road, no toilets.

k.    Essex Road carpark, Mount Eden

Confined space, no toilets, paid carpark.

l.      Parr Road North carpark, Point Chevalier

No toilets, history of anti-social behaviour, 24 hour alcohol ban in place.

m.   Epsom Library, Epsom

Library on site, no toilets, confined site.

n.    Mount Albert Library, Mount Albert

Library and sports clubs adjacent to site, no toilets.

o.    990 Great North Road, Western Springs

Waiorea Community Recycling Centre.

p.    Epsom Community Centre carpark, Epsom

Community centre, community lease, kindergarten and creche on site.

q.    16-20 Huia Road, Point Chevalier

Shopping centre carpark, library and community centre carpark, Plunket rooms and the early childhood education carpark, history of anti-social behaviour, 24 hour alcohol ban in place.

r.     135 Dominion Road, Mount Eden

Confined space, history of anti-social behaviour, no toilets, timber parking deck may not be rated for multiple heavy vehicles.

s.    Monkey Hill Reserve, Sandringham

Restricted space.

 

CARRIED

 

Note:     Deputy Chairperson Watson and Members Robertson, Maskill and Easte requested that their dissenting votes be recorded.

 

Resolution number AE/2021/139

MOVED by Chairperson L Corrick, seconded by Member WM McKenzie:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

h)     request the following parks held under the Local Government Act 2002 be classified as restricted in the draft Statement of Proposal on Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022:

Park

Area- specific restrictions

a)    Certified self-contained vehicles only.

b)    Must be parked within any marked lines in the designated parking area.

c)    Overnight only, don’t occupy before 3.00pm and must vacate parking space by 9.00am.

d)    Maximum 2 nights in a 2-week consecutive period.

a.    Chamberlain Park, Mount Albert

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

b.    Western Springs Garden Community Hall, Western Springs

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

c.    Nixon Park, Kingsland

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

d.    Neville Street adjacent to Walker Park, Point Chevalier

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

e.    St Andrews Road adjacent to Melville Park, Epsom

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

f.      Kiwitea Street adjacent to Freyberg Field, Sandringham

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

g.    Windmill Road adjacent to Windmill Park, Epsom

Maximum of 6 vehicles.

 

CARRIED

 

Note:     Deputy Chairperson Watson and Members Robertson, Maskill and Easte requested that their dissenting votes be recorded.

 

Note:     Chairperson Corrick adjourned the meeting at 4.43pm and reconvened the meeting at 4.52pm.

 

 

 

 

5.44pm                                               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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