The next chapter in the story of the Ngatea library and service centre upgrade has begun.
At its meeting on 27 May, the Council agreed to invest up to $65,000 in the next phase of the project, which is to do a full assessment of the existing building and draw up concept designs and plans. A working party made up of the Mayor, councillors and community representatives will be set up to work on the designs and keep the community up to speed as they go.
Community feedback captured in unique Community book
Mayor Toby Adams says the Council received extensive community feedback throughout the early stages of the project and has a detailed understanding of what’s important to its communities, both now and in the future,
“We’ve summarised all the feedback in a community book and we’ll be using that a lot as we go along. It’s going to be looking pretty well-used and dog-eared by the time we’re finished,” he said.
Location location location
Other decisions made last year include that the library and service centre stays in the existing building, which may include alterations and additions, at the current site.
“There was a tidal wave of feedback that the library and service centre should stay put right where it is next to the Hugh Hayward Domain and we’ve taken that on board,” the Mayor said.
Two years from concept to opening the doors
Once plans for the upgrade are finalised the working party will share them with the wider community and the Council will make further decisions on the actual building part of the project. Overall, it’s expected to take about two years from putting pencil to paper until the key is turned in the new door lock.
Elected Members appointed to the working party include:
- Mayor Toby Adams
- Deputy Mayor Paul Milner (Chair)
- Plains Ward Chair Ross Harris
- Councillors, Ray Broad, Rodney Garrett and Rino Wilkinson
The working party will also appoint someone from the Plains community as well as someone from the wider community to be part of the working party.