A recent report that concluded there are enough public facilities (libraries, sports, community halls and arts) for residents of Millwater and Silverdale for the next 10 years was not accepted by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, which is seeking more information.
Auckland Council staff presented the findings of their Millwater and Silverdale Community Provision investigations to the local board at its October 21 meeting.
The report found that locals see a need for more community services and spaces, including social meeting spaces and indoor sports facilities.
However, it concluded that what is provided now is sufficient and the issue does not need to be looked at again until the current population of 19,750 grows to around 30,000, which it is expected to do in around 10 years.
In the meantime, the report suggested investigating opportunities to increase community access to school pools and courts within the next five years – local board members said it not practicable or reasonable to expect schools to cater for the general public in this way.
Rather than endorsing the report’s findings, the local board asked for more information and wants to meet with the neighbouring Rodney Local Board to discuss the issues.
Chair Gary Brown says staff will come back to a workshop with more detail.
“We weren’t happy with what’s suggested here,” he says. “Facilities are stretched already.”