Save the AHC Premises from Auckland Council

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We, the undersigned, express our support and petition the Auckland Council and The Albert Eden Local Board to:-
1.      Recognise the valuable contribution the Auckland Horticultural Council (AHC) makes to recreational and formal gardening in the wider Auckland region.
2.      Grant a new long term RFA lease to the AHC for the buildings known as the Western Springs Community Garden (WSPCG).
3.      Recognise that the WSPCG was established as a 1990 commemoration project with financial contributions made by the AHC.
4.      Honour the commitments made by the former Auckland City Council in the late 1980’s.



The Auckland Council and Albert-Eden Local Board (AELB) want to move the Auckland Horticultural Council (AHC) from our current premises at 990 Great North Road, Western Springs to nearby buildings which are not fit for purpose.  We have been in our current premises for nearly 20 years and the AELB promised us in 2018 that they would "work with AHC to achieve an outcome satisfactory to both parties".  This was after historical commitments had been made by both the Auckland Council and the AHC, including a $390,000 investment in the new premises by the AHC. 

The AELB have ignored that investment and despite our attempts to work with the AELB, their suggestions to us have been nothing but insulting to our requirements and historical relationship.  

In the new building, the main meeting room is very narrow and has a dog leg in it. It is merely a hallway with toilets.  We physically cannot set up staging for plant and floral exhibitions and still be able to have space for people to circulate around the exhibits. If conducting a meeting in this area guests sitting in the dog leg will not be able to see or hear the speaker.

The other meeting rooms can only be accessed by walking through the main room and other meeting rooms. It is not practical to have people disturbing a meeting or function in progress just to access one of the other rooms.  The entry to all of our areas is also directly through the main meeting room.  The entrance is not accessible by vehicle and is a considerable distance away from the carpark on the opposite side of the building.

There is limited storage area and the total building area substantially less than what we now have.

The majority of attendees to AHC meetings are elderly and are unable to take public transport.  The AELB originally offered us exclusive use to only 3 carparks.  Luckily, this offer increased to 25 carparks but those carparks will go unused unless the AELB recognise our need for at least, preferential use of the exhibition hall.  

The AHC is represents a huge community of recreational gardeners and is deserving of Local Government Support.  

We desperately need your support to apply pressure to councillors so they understand the great public interest of the AHC.  We are one of Auckland's oldest organisations and our future is in jeopardy if we cannot hold our plant an floral shows.  

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