North Shore Times : February 25th 2016
Threat to native birds P3 More referees sought P23 North Shore Times Thursday, February 25, 2016 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER What’s selling $1,270,000 52 Bayside Drive, Browns Bay Three bedroom weatherboard and brick Aston Marsh built property, on 910 square metre property in elevated, private and northerly position. Sold byBarfoot&Thompson BrownsBay Since 2013 the number of vacant units at Beach Haven’s Lancaster Court has grown to 11. PHOTO: SIMON MAUDE/FAIRFAX NZ Housing frustration SIMONMAUDE Pensioner housing provider Auckland Council needs to free up more accommodation for the elderly, critics say. Advocacy service Age Concern North Shore and a council housing resident who doesn’t want to be named say too many Housing for Older People units are being left vacant for too long. Safety modifications council is applying to units, like replacing step-in showers with walk-in stalls are hampering availability, they say. Age Concern North Shore executive officer Janferie BryceChapman says her organisation lauds council’s intention to provide quality, safe housing. But she wants the council to ‘‘lower the bar a little’’ on refurbishment standards to house pensioners more quickly. A council housing tenant who has lived at Beach Haven’s Lancaster Court for three years says up to a third of the complex’s 51 ‘‘perfectly good’’ units have been vacant since February 2013. ‘‘I’m 63, there’s nothing wrong with my shower, but council wants to upgrade them.’’ The emptiness of the complex bothers the woman who says she’s particularly concerned about Auckland’s accommodation crisis. Auckland Council figures sup- plied show 11 Lancaster Court units currently vacant while across council’s 1412 Auckland units, around 82 are vacant awaiting re-occupation. Council’s housing for older people manager Melonie Lister says Lancaster Court’s units became vacant over a number of years. ‘‘Four were vacated in 2013, another four in 2014, and the final three were vacated last year.’’ High standards are not the problem council faces in getting units to an acceptable reoccupation standard, Lister says. The availability of time and resources, coupled with unpredictable, fluctuating unit vacancy numbers and differing levels of work required have more effect, she says. Lancaster Court’s vacant units ‘‘require a medium to high level of upgrade works to bring these units up to council’s own standard for occupation’’, she says. For this financial year ending June 30, only slightly more than $500,000 of council’s more than $7.3 million housing for older people upgrade budget has been spent, council figures show. So far, neither Lancaster Court nor another pensioner block the North Shore Times highlighted problems with, Greenslade Court, are on council’s scheduled North Shore upgrade list. Council’s increased upgrade budget is being used to complete upgrades at Sunnynook’s Cockayne Court, Glenfield’s Bentley Court, while Birkdale Court’s upgrade is planned. $2,250,000 35 Oak Manor Drive, Albany Four-bedroom home with study, multiple living areas, large kitchen, sunny patio, three car garage. Close to golf course and schools. Sold byBayleys Albany $1,350,000 1/19 Richmond Avenue, Northcote Point Designer kitchen, elevated with views, open plan living and dining, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, enclosed courtyard and garden. Sold byBayleysTakapuna See Real Estate Outlook inside. New Ryman retirement village in Birkenhead • Independent living • Serviced apartments • Resthome, hospital, and dementia care For more information phone Rachael on 09 483 2226 Sales Offi ce: 2 Birkdale Rd, Birkenhead 5688 sold!
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