North Shore Times : January 10th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 10, 2013 NEWS 4633523AE 5018121AA IF YOU RECEIVE A CHEAPER QUOTE, MR BLINDS GUARANTEES TO BEAT IT BY 10%! PHONE 0508 254637 FOR YOUR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 5087891AD AS ON TV 18 LINK DRIVE WAIRAU PARK (OPPOSITE HOYTS CINEMA) SAT: 9-5 SUN: 10-4 5091203AB YOU CHOOSE Automotive Hospitality Office Admin ? Spend half the week in the classroom and half in the work place of your choice. 28 week courses that let YOU choose where you want to be! Automotive, Hospitality or Computing. Free, hands-on courses that get you a National Certificate. If you're between 16 & 18 CALL Lynn 09 425 8493 or check us out : mti.net.nz Rethink on yacht centre Yachting New Zealand boss: David Abercrombie. LEASE EXTENDED The popular Takapuna Beach Holiday Park has been granted a month-by- month lease extension by the Devonport Takapuna Local Boarduntil final decisionsare made over its possible closure. Its 10-year lease expires on March 31 and the future use of the landisbeing decided on through the Takapuna Beach Reserve Management Plan. The hearings panel, made up of independentcommissioner Greg Hill and local board members Chris Darby, Kevin Schwass, Jan O'Connor, Dianne Hale and Joseph Bergin, is expected to continue deliberationsinto whether to replace the campground with a national watersports centre housing YachtingNZ offices, high performance facilities and storage in February. Anyfinal decisions regarding the northern end of the Takapuna Beach Reserve, on which the campsite sits, are not expected before the endofMarch. Online supportfor the campgroundon the Save Takapuna Beach Holiday Park Facebook page continues to rise with more than 4500 people now liking the page. Should the decision be made to close the holiday park and allow the National Ocean Watersports Centre to be built on the reserve, resource consent would be needed and could be a lengthy process. If it is decided that the northern end should remain as a holiday parkanew lease will go out to tender. New tack: This original concept for the proposed NOWSC on the site of the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park has now beenrevised. By MARNIE HALLAHAN REVISED AGAIN ' If that's what it takes to get the centre off the ground then it's worth looking into. ' David Abercrombie YachtingNZ YACHTING New Zealand has scaled back its proposal for a Natio- nal Ocean Watersports Centre on Takapuna s beachfront reserve in the hope this will be the compro- mise needed to get the green light from the hearings panel. It was decided late last year by Yachting NZ board members that the area needed for storage could be reduced from their original proposal of 1500 square metres to 1200sqm. The majority of those who oppose the watersports centre say the con- crete storage facility, which would have a rooftop car park, is not appropriate for a reserve. Also being investigated is the possibility of putting part of the storage under the roadway of Alison Ave to maximise community reserve space, Yachting NZ chief executive David Abercrombie says. A handful of submitters, includ- ing Environment Takapuna s Ruth Ell, suggested utilising the space under Alison Ave during the hear- ing process. Mr Abercrombie says this option has always been in the back of their minds but the additional costs, which would include moving a sewer line, deterred them. However at this stage he says that if that s what it takes to get the centre off the ground then it s worth looking into . Yachting NZ architects Warrren & Mahoney will prepare a new pic- ture of the NOWSC facility to pres- ent to the hearings panel to include the changes. Auckland Council has agreed to put $3 million into the facility, with a condition that 30 per cent be available for public use. This public use has been assigned by Yachting NZ as boat storage space, down from 500sqm to 400sqm in the new proposal, that individuals and sporting groups would hire and meeting and func- tion room facilities for casual hire. Yachting NZ will manage both of these facilities. Glenfield Rd closingatAnniversary weekend Ongoing roadworks along Glenfield Rd mean further closures are plan- ned, this time for Auckland Anni- versary weekend. A frequent choke point for traffic, the $40 million upgrade is being completed in four stages to mini- mise the disruption to residents and commuters. The project is expected to finish this year. Glenfield Rd, between James St South and Wairau Rd, was closed one weekend in November to com- plete further road widening work, Auckland Transport says. The section between Wairau and Sunset roads was closed for two days last month for the same reason. Auckland Transport says the clo- sures enabled the works to be car- ried out significantly faster and mean a shorter construction period and less disruption overall for road users. A planned closure around the Glenfield and Wairau roads inter- section is set for the weekend of January 26. Major retaining walls and the bulk of services, including WaterCare mains, have now been finished. Glenfield Rd, a major arterial road serving the north of the city, was widened to provide two lanes in each direction, changes to the Wai- rau/ Glenfield roads intersection, road resurfacing, widening of footpaths and indented bus bays. North Shore councillor George Wood says the project aims to increase traffic capacity, ease con- gestion and improve safety.
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