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Upper Hutt Leader : August 10th 2011
8 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 10, 2011 NEWS If you were in the care of the State before 1992 and have concerns about your experiences .... You now have the chance to be heard, in confidence, by a panel of qualified people who will be visiting your area. Talking with the Panel will provide an opportun for you to share your concerns. The Panel will listen and where needed a tailored package of assistance can be offered. State care includes children's homes, foster care the special education sector, health camps and other residential health facilities. For more information call our freephone: 0800 356 567 visit www.listening.govt.nz or write to us at PO Box 5939 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6145. e, Some memories never fade. CONFIDENTIAL LISTENING & ASSISTANCE SERVICE An independent agency supported by the Department of Internal Affairs AFF10247 nity REGISTRATIONS CLOSING SOON - ACT NOW. WARNING! 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We are now accepting enrolments for children from birth to 5 years FOR MORE INFORMATION OR JUST TO DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS CONTACT 527 0282 OR 021 1000 676 28 GOODSHED ROAD, UPPER HUTT Residents up in arms about housing plan By COLIN WILLIAMS Opposition to the city council s compre- hensive plans for the development of Maymorn is increasing. A public meeting, organised by Mangaroa Valley residents under the Keep Maymorn Green name is being held today week at the Hapai Club. The Maymorn Structure Plan is simply not the answer . . . this meeting is for people to find out more about it and what they together can do about it, org- aniser Lynne McLellan says. Mailbox leaflets are being organised and the group is operating a website and a Facebook page in opposition to the plan. Public submissions to the council s advertising of the plan are being called for and the Keep Maymorn Green group claims an extension of the deadline to September 2 is the result of a big number of people concerned the original time frame was too short. In June, after several years of planning including consultation with valley residents, the council released its far- reaching plan for a sustainable village community at Maymorn in the Mangaroa Valley. The plan, over an estimated 20 years, envisages growth of up to 1800 dwellings accommodating more than 4000 people in the area centred around Parkes Line Rd, Maymorn Rd and the railway station. Any final go-ahead will follow a hear- ing, and the input of residents and their submissions -- originally planned for late August -- is now further away with the extended deadline. Approval would see the introduction of changes for the re-zoning of the area in the Upper Hutt district plan. The city council claims the plan has an urban design focus, drawing on sustain- ability principles that recognise May- morn s natural areas and landscape. At the time of its release the mayor Wayne Guppy said the plan was a com- munity initiative and we are looking for community outcomes . Now the community says it is organis- ing and responding with Keep Maymorn Green. What is proposed is a change that does not help Upper Hutt, it says. This plan, in full, will cost the council and ratepayers $52 million, and it s not what the city wants or needs, Mrs McLellan says. It does nothing to help the Upper Hutt retail centre and will probably will not provide community services and facili- ties. What is worse is that it is not even needed, she says. Issues the opposition group are raising include its view the council does not seem to have any objective criteria for assessing whether the plan is good, bad or indifferent . The council is ignoring the existing community in Maymorn, it says, at a time where there is already room for new housing in Upper Hutt for the next 15 years. The plan does nothing for the Upper Hutt central business district and will soak up city money for much-needed reju- venation plans. The Rural Residents Association, a separate group, has also expressed its opposition. It fears the Maymorn area will turn into an urbanised slum and says the proposal is over-reacting and inappropri- ate. A key argument for the opposition group is the recent history of the 2006 private plan for development of the valley area, The Lanes. This was considered and rejected by independent planning commissioners who considered the importance of the area s rural character and amenity, Mrs McLellan says. The Maymorn Plan is far bigger in scope than The Lanes ever was and the council seems to be ignoring all the points that led to its rejection, but the area s rural character and value remains -- even more so, she says. The public meeting is at the Hapai Club, 879 Fergusson Dr (next to the police station), on Wednesday, August 17, at 6.30pm. Playcentres relieved at funding assurance Playcentre families in Upper Hutt are delighted with the announcement last week that the cuts to playcentre funding proposed in the ECE Taskforce report have now been ruled out. Totara Park Playcentre secretary Kate Dowling says three local playcentre mothers spoke with Prime Minister John Key at the public meeting at Expressions on August 2 and hope their discussions played a part. We are so pleased to have had this rare opportunity to plead playcentre s case directly, Ms Dowling says. The week after a nationwide playcentre protest picnic outside Parlia- ment, Education Minister Anne Tolley said there was no risk to playcentre funding, following the release of the inde- pendent Early Childhood Education Taskforce report. The Government is investing $1.4 billion in early childhood education this year, and the taskforce was established to review the effectiveness of ECE spend- ing and to make recommendations on proposed improvements, she said.
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