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The Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board wants to hear your ideas and aspirations on the future use of 10 Shirley Road (former Shirley Community Centre site).
The Community Board is committed to advocate for funding through the 2021-31 Long Term Plan process.
We have asked and talked to you about this before, and we acknowledge the work that has been done. We are asking again because we want to get this right, and we recognise the community landscape has changed considerably, especially over the last 2-3 years.
Due to Council’s financial situation it is not expected in the short term that funding will be available, however the Board would like to see the site being used by the community. We want to find new ways of doing things that are innovative and look at alternative funding options and possible partnerships.
The recent installation of the pump track is an example of a temporary structure being installed so the community can use the space. This happened because a young member of the community had an idea which they brought to the Board who supported the request.
Over the last ten years several locally managed community facilities have emerged. We want to continue to work alongside the community about 10 Shirley Road as we move into future planning for the good of the wider community.
The Long Term Plan outlines our activities, services, what we will build and how we will fund it for the next 10 years. It also sets the strategic direction for the Council - where we are going and what we want to achieve in the community.
The Plan is reviewed every three years and includes our budget which is financed by rates, levels of borrowing, and money received from the companies we own (CCHL).
Before the earthquakes there was a well-established community centre at 10 Shirley Road. Sadly, due to damage in the 2010/11 earthquakes the centre was demolished in 2012.
There have already been several community conversations with feedback collated around a replacement facility. Over the last 10 years the Richmond and Shirley community has developed, with several locally managed community facilities emerging and some still emerging.
We want to work alongside the community as we move into future planning for the good of the wider community.