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Overwhelming Support for Bayswater Marina Village

MEDIA RELEASE: BAYSWATER MARINA VILLAGE
Sunday 27 July 2014, 10:30am

Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for Bayswater Marina Village

A new survey by Colmar Brunton shows nearly 70 per cent of local residents want the proposed Bayswater Marina Village.

As well as terraced houses and low level apartments, the Marina Village will include two public parks on the water’s edge with children’s playgrounds, cafes, retail and upgraded boating facilities and a new home for the Takapuna Grammar Rowing Club.

“We have had extensive consultation with the local communities around the Bayswater area and this new survey showing 68 per cent of residents in favour of the proposed Bayswater Marina Village is very encouraging,” said Marina owner Simon Herbert.

The key findings from the survey were:
Overall 70% of residents were aware of the proposed Bayswater Marina Village before the survey
The majority of residents were in favour of the following aspects of the development; improved access to the water (93%), public parks and playground (90%), and the new facilities and home for Takapuna Rowing Club (86%).
Overall, 68% of residents were in favour of the proposed Bayswater Marina Village.
“We’ve engaged positively with the local community and they told us that improved public access to the water was a high priority for the marine village. This will be achieved by the inclusion of board walks, concrete steps to the water and a north facing white sand beach,” said Mr Herbert.

“The village itself is designed to align itself with a marine environment and will include terraced housing and apartments using building materials such as timber board and batten, weatherboards and shingles.”

“While Bayswater Marina Village locals will be well serviced by public transport with an emphasis on using existing ferry and bus services, it will also offer visitors and tourists a new and exciting destination to travel to on Auckland’s harbour.”
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Background Notes to Editors.
Colmar Brunton conducted a survey on behalf of Bayswater Marina Holdings Ltd to find out whether residents were in favour or, or against the proposed Bayswater Marina Village.
A total of n=322 telephone and online interviews were conducted with residents of Bayswater and surrounding suburbs of Belmont, Narrow Neck and Hauraki to assess the appeal of the development.
The data has been weighted to reflect the demographic profile of residents from the area bases on 2013 Census statistics.
The following explanation of Bayswater Marina Village was provided to all respondents:
o Today’s survey is about the proposed Bayswater Marina Village in your area.
o The proposed Bayswater Marina Village will be a mixed use residential and retail village based around the ferry terminal. It will be built using 85% of the land for open space and will include two public parks on the water’s edge with children’s playgrounds, cafes, retail and an upgraded boating facility and new home for the Takapuna Grammar Rowing Club.
o Improved public access to the water is a high priority for the marine village and will be achieved by including board walks, concrete steps to the water and a north facing white sand beach.
o The village will also include terraced housing and apartments. Each terrace will have three levels with garaging underneath and a pitched roof. The design will be suitable to the local environment and use building materials such as timber board and batten, weatherboards and shingles in keeping with a marine environment.
o The Bayswater Marina Village will be well serviced by public transport with an emphasis on using the existing ferry and bus services.
Three questions were asked:
1. Before today, were you aware of the proposed Bayswater Marina Village that has been planned?
Yes = 70%, No = 27%, Not sure/Don’t know = 3%
2. And are you in favour of against the following aspects of the proposed Bayswater marina Village?
- Improved access to the water; In favour of = 93%, Against = 7%
- The two public parks & children’s playground; In favour of = 90%, Against 10%
- The new facilities and home for the Takapuna Grammar Rowing Club; In favour of = 86%, Against = 14%
3. Are you in favour of or against the Bayswater Marina Village overall?
- In favour of = 68%, Against 32%

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