A summary of the feedback on the Parnell Plan consultation document, setting out the community’s 30-year vision for the area, is now available online.
The consultation document contained a draft vision and events were held in May-June, with more than 800 pieces of feedback received. Non-traditional engagement events included a pub quiz night, free tuk-tuk rides in exchange for responding to a survey and a workshop at Parnell District School.
Board chair Pippa Coom says the local board is pleased a collaborative, community-led approach to developing a draft plan for Parnell resulted in positive, constructive feedback from many submitters.
“We are committed to delivering on the plan to make Parnell an even better place to live, work, play and do business,” she says.
The draft plan was created through a community empowerment approach supported by a working group made up representatives from the Blind Foundation, Parnell Heritage, Waitematā Local Board, Parnell District School, youth representatives, Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Parnell Business Association, trust and community committee, and mana whenua.
Several key themes emerged around transport and connectivity, the natural environment, Parnell’s heritage and 'brand' and community facilities.
Feedback on transport and safety
Accessibility and getting around was a topic of interest, respondents saying it was difficult to navigate the suburb and improved way-finding and signage was needed, and connections to adjoining areas needed improvement.
Feedback was received seeking improved train and bus services, better transport options to the museum from Parnell, better walkways and cycling options – including support for the disused tunnel to become a walkway-cycleway – and introducing a local shuttle service.
Safety concerns saw some respondents calling for The Strand to have CCTV, particularly around the train station and underpass, and better vegetation maintenance around footpaths to improve sight-lines.
Support for innovation and creativity
There was a general support to build on and promote Parnell as a place for innovation and creativity in art and design, and for alternative business models to grow. Suggestions such as having more sculpture and art events came through strongly.
Among other ideas coming through was a call for a stronger focus on Parnell as a child-friendly suburb.
The final plan is on the board’s November business meeting agenda for adoption. A high-level analysis of all themes is included in the feedback report here.