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Fenchurch paves the way

LAUREN PRIESTLEY
Last updated 07:54 13/08/2014
Nick Smith, Len Brown
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DIGGING IN: Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown at the Tamaki Redevelopment Company Fenchurch neighbourhood sod-turning event at Glenbrae School.

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Work has started after years of regeneration planning in Tamaki.

The Tamaki Redevelopment Company launched its Fenchurch neighbourhood project on August 7. It includes an early childhood centre, 32 new homes and the redevelopment of a scout hall.

There has been "understandable angst" regarding changes in the Tamaki community, Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

But a huge effort has been put into engaging with residents, he says.

The Fenchurch housing development includes 11 homes where building has begun and 21 other homes which have been granted resource consents.

A community hub is planned for the rundown scout hall on Fenchurch St and the early childhood centre will be an asset at Glenbrae School, he says.

"This is New Zealand's largest-ever urban regeneration programme and it is great to get it under way with these Fenchurch neighbourhood projects.

"While it is impossible to satisfy everyone, the overwhelming messages from the 1100 responses to the consultation on the Tamaki Strategic Framework was to get on with it, and we are."

Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board chairman Simon Randall says the August 7 event was moving.

"It's exciting to see there's progress being made in improving the quality of housing but also the early childhood centre and great piece of community infrastructure.

"We're looking forward to working with the Tamaki Redevelopment Company and members of the community to make sure it delivers on what it needs to for that community."

Tamaki Redevelopment Company chief executive Debra Lawson says it is about delivering what the community wants to see in the neighbourhood.

"The community has said to us ‘Just get on and do it' and we are excited to be now delivering on our promises with on-the-ground action, starting with a focus around early learning and children with the new early learning centre at Glenbrae."

See tamakitrc.co.nz

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- East And Bays Courier

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