Christchurch City Council
2023-2024 Draft Annual Plan ‘Have Your Say’ Consultation
Att: Mayor Phil Mauger, Deputy Mayor Pauline Cotter, Councillors & Council Staff
Re: Rebuild of the former Shirley Community Centre & Redevelopment of 10 Shirley Road/Shirley Community Reserve
The attached .pdf has been compiled from my research & ideas over the last five years.
I ask the Council to consider this information & the growing needs in the local communities surrounding Shirley Road:
Shirley, Dallington, Richmond, Edgeware, St Albans & Mairehau.
We have been waiting since 2012 for the rebuild of our community centre at 10 Shirley Road, Richmond.
Our communities keep growing, due to infill housing & more social housing.
We can’t keep waiting for a new building to be built, because what could happen inside this building, is needed now:
a ‘fit for purpose’ local ‘suburban’ sized library with learning spaces & a wider range of books, citizen hub for community connections, community directory, sharing resources, promoting local activities/events/organisations, community education, connecting residents to the right support services at the right time…
As a former Shirley now Richmond resident & research/designer, I would be happy to be part of any discussions regarding this rebuild/redevelopment.
Through my families lived experience with mental health, disability issues & neurodiversity, I can share my insights into ‘why’ I’ve suggested these research based ideas for a new Shirley Centre.
Please proceed with planning the ‘Rebuild of the former Shirley Community Centre & Redevelopment of 10 Shirley Road/Shirley Community Reserve’, so that a proposal can be presented to our communities for consultation.
Thank you for your time,