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Feedback sought on Highbury

Feedback sought on Highbury

What do people like about Highbury and what changes would they like to see in the future?

That's the question being asked of local Highbury residents, community groups and businesses by the North Shore City Council.

North Shore City strategy and finance committee chairperson, Tony Holman, says the council wants the community to tell it what it would like to see happen in this area in the future.

"We want to find out what people like about the centre and what needs to be done or changed to improve it," Councillor Holman says.

"Highbury is an important suburban centre in North Shore City, and we want to make sure it continues to thrive and meets the community's various needs."

The council is sending a consultation newsletter to local residents and business people asking for their feedback on a wide range of issues. These focus on people's views about the environment, travel arrangements, living, working and recreational facilities in the centre.

The Highbury Centre Review is a key component of the council's City Blueprint Action Plan that sets out its approach to improving the way in which growth and change is managed in the city.

One of the 14 proposals in the council's draft 2004-2014 City Plan is about town centres. It asks people what level of funding they feel is appropriate to invest in revitalising town centres over the next 10 years.

Tony Holman says the outcome of the City Plan consultation will be pivotal as it could have a direct impact on how much the council invests in enhancing and improving town centres in the future, and this includes Highbury.

A display will be set up in Highbury over the next few weeks for people to find out more about the Highbury Centre Review project.

Tony Holman makes a strong plea to the public to get involved early. "Participation is in everyone's interest," he says.

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