Proposed Plan Change 16: Submitters Get a Second Chance

Submitters opposed to the Chelsea Sugar Refinery plan change will get a second chance to have their views heard because hearing commissioners say an article in the New Zealand Herald could have been misinterpreted. North Shore City Council’s spokesman Trevor Mackie says that the four-day hearing in February was adjourned rather than closed because independent […]

Demolition man sick of historic destruction

DEMOLITION MAN: Mike Vickers says the near demolition of this heritage home on Arawa Ave in Devonport is part of a growing trend. Mike Vickers is sick of tearing down beautiful North Shore heritage homes. The North Shore Demolition boss says heritage zones in Devonport, Northcote Pt and Birkenhead are being gutted as developers exploit […]

Chelsea park may be scapped

AT RISK: Neil Darroch is worried the opportunity for a public park at the picturesque Chelsea Estate will slip away. Court action could kill plans for a $20 million public park near the Chelsea Sugar Refinery. The Auckland Regional Council and New Zealand Historic Places Trust are appealing a district plan change allowing development at […]

Library delay could cost $2.2m

The new Birkenhead library could cost more than $9 million due to delays. The library building and Civic Centre look set to be built on Nell Fisher Reserve by late 2009, with initial designs boasting 250 square metres of more floorspace than the old Birkenhead library. North Shore City Council community services and parks committee […]

Library gets go-ahead

A welcome “pre-Christmas present” has gone to Birkenhead residents having to put up with a long wait for a local library. Building consent has just been granted for a new Birkenhead library, paving the way for construction to start in early 2009. All those who have been working on and waiting for the library are […]

New chapter for library

REVISED DESIGN: Models of how Birkenhead library could look once it is completed in November 2009. A new library is on the way for Birkenhead after years of delays. Resource consent has been granted for a library at Nell Fisher Reserve, paving the way for it to be built starting in late November. That ends […]

Funding approved for ferry terminal

The much-awaited Birkenhead ferry terminal project is finally going full steam ahead. North Shore city councillor Ann Hartley says the Auckland Regional Transport Authority has confirmed funding for installation of a hydraulic boarding ramp. She says ARTA strategy and planning general manager Peter Clark made the confirmation at last week’s meeting of the Auckland Regional […]

Heritage site apartments denounced

UNITED FRONT: Food critic Annabelle White, left, residents association member Warwick Jones, lawyer Bruce Stainton, and resident Carol Scott are among those opposing a proposed Birkenhead apartment block. People from TV cooks to North Shore’s mayor have joined forces to denounce apartment plans in a Birkenhead heritage area. A resource consent hearing on a proposed […]

Felled pohutukawa posed risk

Twelve historic pohutukawa trees in Hinemoa Park have been felled because their deteriorating condition posed a risk to the public, says the council. Hinemoa Park, located near to Birkenhead ferry terminal, has been home to 61 native pohutukawa trees since the 1920s. Birkenhead and Northcote parks officer Bob Wallace says a lack of knowledge about […]