The Auckland Plan provides for the development or consolidation of nine new metropolitan centres to serve large projected population growth across the city in the next 25 years.
Westgate has been identified as our local large scale development and requires substantial community and recreational facilities for a West Auckland community (from Henderson to Helensville) expected to grow to at least 170,000 by 2031.
As its civic commitment, Auckland Council is budgeting to spend some $10 million on a 11,000 square meter development, including open public spaces and a 2,000 square meter multi-story community facility in the new Westgate town centre.
The existing Massey library will also undergo a role change, with plans afoot to relocate the books to a dedicated building in the new centre.
Council has already run three community meetings to get feedback and has heard suggestions ranging from large scale civic amenities in the new development, with Eco-friendly buildings and the protection of sight and sun lines and the installation of significant public works of art.
Suggested use for the existing library includes an extension of the current commercial fitness facilities, or alternative use of the space for a community art centre or even development of a dedicated Massey art gallery.
You have until Friday 31 August 2012 to go online and have your say (that way you can’t complain if what we eventually get is something really unexpected and out of left field).
Give us your views.
There are several ways you can take part:
- Complete the online feedback form
- Complete a hard copy feedback form, available from the Massey Library, theMassey Leisure Centre and the Auckland Council – Huapai Service Centre (296 Main Road, Huapai).
Go online now. And have your say.