Left out in the cold
Monday, 30 March 2009
FOR a number of years five community groups have met at a Botany South church located in a commercial building.
The church is terminating its lease and groups such as the Friendship Club of Botany – Flat Bush, Neighbourhood Support and the area’s residents association have nowhere to go.
Botany Community Board member Roy Bootle says people who go to these community groups are often elderly and want to meet people.
They are of various nationalities and some work towards improving the developing neighbourhood.
The groups is planning to meet in a café until a better option becomes available.
“At the moment I’m working with Manukau City Council and I’ve driven all over the place but it’s hard to get anywhere,” says Mr Bootle.
“Because of the financial situation, the council won’t come forward with any money whatsoever.”
Manukau City Council manager of community advisory services Brya Taylor says a community facility for the Botany area was not included in the long-term council community plan (LTCCP) draft for public consultation.
This plan takes into consideration developments for Manukau City through to 2019.
“Council is aware there is a need for us to support a venue as is proposed for Botany,” says Ms Taylor.
“Even if it is an outreach for a Citizens’ Advice Bureau or a community house where there are a range of different uses for organisations.
“The only option available is for community groups to do submissions to the council’s LTCCP. “The draft annual plan will be released at the end of March and submissions can be made in April.”