• A new raised deck and rain garden will be introduced around the Norfolk Pine.

Urban Upgrades

We love the feel of the Birkenhead Village. Both the community-led Birkenhead Neighbourhood Plan and Council’s 2006 Highbury Centre Plan aim to improve the village centre’s streetscapes and urban design, while providing safer and improved pedestrian and cycling spaces. 

Work has recently started on the long-awaited Birkenhead Main Street Upgrade, which was initiated to help achieve the goals of the Highbury Centre Plan. The objectives of this upgrade include attracting more people and investment in the centre as well as an enhanced sense of well-being and community which are in line with the neighbourhood plan principles.

The works are expected to take place between late May and November 2018 around Highbury Corner and the roundabout and will lead to wider pavements and increased seating with a new raised deck and rain garden around the Norfolk pine. New native plants will also be introduced to replace some of the current palms. 

While work is also taking place to rebuild the Rawene Road carpark following last year’s slip, it is clear that there will be some disruption during the works but both the centre and carpark work are important steps that will help improve connectivity and flow in the village. Further information about the planned works is available through the council’s website or by emailing rawene@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz 

Please continue to support our local businesses during this period, and why not use this as an opportunity to consider active modes of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport.

Hit me with your best shot – photo that is!

As mentioned in our previous column, the team is running a photography competition for everyone to share photos of Birkenhead that they think demonstrate one or more of the plan’s principles: 

Views and open aspect

Village feel

Bush & green space

Quality built environment

Connectivity and flow 

The competition will be launched in mid to late June and is open to both young people (14 and under) or adults (15 or over). Further details will be available on the Birkenhead Residents Association website at www.bra.org.nz or sign up to our mailing list by emailing: birkenheadplanning@gmail.com 

Issue 88 June 2018