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SHOP ONLINE for an extensive range of Men's & Women's clothing, shoes & accessories By Michael Williams, Howick Local Board chairman I WRITE in response to the arti- cle, ‘Debate rages as town hall is approved’ (Times, May 16). In particular, I’d like to outline some facts. The Howick Local Board has $17.5 million legacy Manukau funding and allocated an addi- tional $4.5m of its own funding to a library and community facilities at the new Ormiston Town Cen- tre. Much of this is funded by land developer contributions. The board asked staff (coun- cil ofﬁcers) to design a multi-use community facility containing four components: a library, arts and multi-use facilities, community services and a performance-capa- ble hall. Although $22m is a lot of money, staff told the board they could not come up with a design that had all four components, and we’d have to choose between a hall and arts cen- tre. My view is we can deliver all four for $22m. The library component they designed covers 2800 square metres. That’s the same size as the Botany, Highland Park and Howick Libraries put together, with a cost including external works of $13.2m. In my opinion, Ormiston does not require a library of that size. The Howick Local Board area has 130,000 people: 40,000 in Howick, 40,000 in Pakuranga and 50,000 in Botany/Ormiston. Despite being the largest area, Botany/Ormiston has only three community meeting spaces: the old Flat Bush Hall, a small glass room at Botany Library, and a small room seating around 60 beside the skate- board park at Barry Curtis Park. Meanwhile, Howick and Pakuranga have more than 40 council-funded halls of various types and sizes, including sports clubs, theatres, art centres, town halls, scout halls, and the like. In my opinion, Botany/Ormiston needs a town hall. The largest space in Greater Howick is Montressors Lounge at Pakuranga United Rugby Club. It seats 230 in banquet format. We certainly have a need for a larger space for civic events, public meetings, cultural performances and general community use. The hall would seat 400 in ban- quet format and the cost is esti- mated at $3.8m, or 16 per cent of the $22m budget. I’m supportive of the concept of providing arts facilities, but not at the cost of a hall which, given we have better arts provision than any other local board in Auckland, has to be a lower priority than a com- munity hall. Anyone who has attended our local board meetings will know I often have to guide the meeting to a compromise. On May 13, I had half the board wanting the art centre option and half wanting the hall option. The graphic chart of gross ﬂoor areas shows the compromise we achieved by the slimmest of voting margins. Essentially, by reducing the size of the library (to twice the size of our largest library, Pakuranga), shifting the community services into the space saved and thus increasing the size of the arts and multi-use space, we can accommo- date the hall with a sprung ﬂoor to support dance and other perform- ing arts. The architects will still need to ﬁnd ways to reduce the total cost to be within budget, but broadly we’ll be able to provide the four compo- nents we set out to provide in the ﬁrst place. There is only one opportunity to build a decent sized hall, as invest- ments of ratepayers’ money back into Howick do not come along very often. Ormiston does not have half a dozen church halls like Howick Village does. This will be the only hall. It was the recommendation of a two-thirds majority of three members at a local board working group, but decisions are not made by working groups. They’re made by the board through a robust public democratic process in the best interests of the community. I’m conﬁdent the compromise we’ve arrived at will serve the com- munity well. The Times welcomes comments about this issue. Write to editor@ times.co.nz, or The Editor, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259 243, Bot- any, Auckland 2163. Gross Floor Area Option 1 Compromise Option 2 Town Hall -- 826 826 Community Services 300 300 300 Arts & Multipurpose 1699 1423 1123 Library 2830 2530 2830 Total square metres 4829 5079 5079 Cost Option 1 Compromise Option 2 Town Hall -- 3.8 3.8 Community Services 1.5 1.4 1.4 Arts & Multipurpose 8.3 6.6 5.2 Library 13.2 11.8 13.2 Total $million 22.9 23.7 23.7 (*These are estimates based on available material) Compromise stating reason for town hall "We certainly have a need for a larger space for civic events, pu meetings, cultural performance and general community use."
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