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 […]

Sweet news for Chelsea park

A 37-hectare public park has been given the green light at Chelsea Refinery in Birkenhead. Chelsea Sugar has agreed to sell the land around its iconic pink painted refinery buildings for $20 million, more than two years after proposing the deal. Only a final seal of approval from the Environment Court is needed for the […]

Plan Change 16: A Timeline Of Events

Background – It was the vision of the Chelsea Regional Park Association to protect the Uruamo Headland from Kauri Point to Chelsea as one great urban park for the people of Auckland. An agreement for the sale of buffer land surrounding the sugar works fell short of protecting the refinery site. Dec 2005 – NZ […]

Proposed Plan Change 16: BRA Not Satisfied By Chelsea Decision

Decisions by North Shore City on Private Plan Change 16 to the District Plan in regards to the Chelsea Sugar Refinery land at Birkenhead have been made public. Proposed Plan Change and overall determination. This decision report specifies the Hearing Commissioners’ decision on submissions (including further submissions) to the Proposed (Private) Plan Change 16 – […]