This is a letter from Co-Chairs of our new Board – Irene King from Floral Studio and Jacob Faull from Nature Baby an update on what is happening amidst all the trenches and orange cones in our community, and realise your membership is more important than ever to support us.
Where is the Grey Lynn Business Association at?
We have recognition by the Council, the Waitamata Board and finally AT itself that Businesses must be involved in substantive change. As a united voice we are more influential than our single voices on our own. GLBA represents that single voice.
However equally if we are not proactive and constructive in our consideration of matters we will be ignored. Of all of the business districts within the Waitamata Board we are the one that is the smallest and least well funded. You could be forgiven for thinking that in some way we have been the test bed for AT’s various planning experiments.
We think everyone has learnt and will continue to learn a lot from our most recent experiences.
Where are we going?
We need to be highly organised and work constructively with the Council. Constructive includes clearly articulating our concerns. It includes questioning. It includes asking the tough questions and when we are not getting the answers it includes challenging.
We have a vision based around Totally Locally Grey Lynn and within that overall brand four distinct quarters:
- The Grey Lynn Quarter
- The West Lynn quarter
- The Arch Hill Quarter
- The Lower Richmond Road Quarter
Each area will have its own distinct characteristics based around the values of the Grey Lynn community. As part of the work to restore customer confidence in the Grey Lynn shopping prescient the Council has agreed that it will support a rebranding of the whole area.
How are we going to get there ?
We are already on the way with a Board that represents three of the four quarters. Each Board member is tasked with engaging with the businesses in their quarter and getting understanding that either we constructively work together or we face a well-resourced Council who steam will roll us into solutions which don’t suit our needs.
We will only get there if we can:
- Work co-operatively together
- Represent our interest knowing we have the strength of the vast majority of businesses members of the Association
- Strong advocates for business and the Grey Lynn community
- Unified in advocating our views
What else is going on?
Compensation for the cycle way disruption AT have been clear that each claim from business can only progress separately and only one claim for the disruption can be made. We are fortunate that we have members who are undertaking a higher level dialogue to see whether there is any scope for consideration of an interim payment. I wouldn’t hold your breath but it does seem on its face that a case can be made for an interim payment now that the construction of the cycleways is likely to be over a longer period than first anticipated.
Cycle Way One – this is being reconsulted. In the meantime remedial work is progressing to ensure safety – refer attached link. The disruption caused by the cycle way is likely to be far longer duration than first thought. A reference group is yet to be established. Meetings of the reference group will be formally facilitated and under independent control.
Cycle Way Two – an interim reference group has been established to undertake the identified urgent remedial work necessary in the village. A formal reference group will be established in the New Year to work through a number of the design development improvements
A whole series of remedial work is underway and these are outlined in the attachment (Insert link here to attached email)
Residence Restricted Parking
After writing to the Council group responsible for the residence parking plan we have managed to pursued them that it would be unwise if they ignored the views of business particularly businesses on the side of the zone who may not even be aware of the changes. (insert link here to attached email )
Accordingly we will be conducting a survey in the week commencing 15 January with a view to presenting the results at the end of January. We are confident our collective views will be taken into consideration so please participate.
West Lynn Village Party – celebrating 30 years of Harvest and 20 years of Nature Baby. This event is likely to take place in late March
We started 2017 on a high note with our Village Party in Grey Lynn and look forward to 2018 with a whole new set of challenges. However one thing is very clear unless we are a united and strong voice of businesses in our community we will be dealt too again.
As a Board we can do so much but it is really incumbent on every business to join, participate and advocate for a future which sees the values of Grey Lynn promoted by our own business association.
To each of you and your families a very merry Christmas and for those of you who do not belong to our Association a New Year’s resolution to join would be very welcome and for those of you considering renewal it is only through strength will be succeed and built the type of Grey Lynn we can all feel very proud of.
Irene King Jacob Faull
Joint Co-Chair Joint Co-Chair
Grey Lynn Business Association Grey Lynn Business Association