Mission Bay features in Auckland's Google synopsis, and because of its prime position, some think it's time the seaside promenade got a makeover, but not everyone agrees. A proposed $200 million transformation by property and investment company Urban Partners will see much of Mission Bay's aging commercial area replaced with a development that includes up to 100 apartments and townhouses. Urban Partners, whose investment in the site goes back almost three decades, has proposed 265 basement and ground level car parks for Mission Bay, as well as an improved cinema facility and a mix of hospitality, modern and recreational space. Café for Instagrammers to open in Auckland Takapuna locals want town square plans dumped Why would you want to live in Auckland? We asked the council Project director Doug Osborne says the proposal made to Auckland Council last Wednesday aims to bring much needed improvement to the commercial area, and create a lasting legacy for the … [Read more...] about Auckland’s Mission Bay makeover: Is it time for a revamp?
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Animal lovers are being invited to apply to become RSPCA inspectors as the charity launches a local recruitment drive. For the first time in three years, the RSPCA is looking to take on uniformed inspectors to investigate offences against pets and wildlife.The 24 new recruits will be expected to cope with the unique physical and emotional demands of a role which could see them abseiling down mountainsides, swimming fully clothed or handling snakes.Several of the successful candidates will be based in West Yorkshire - and thousands of applications are expected.After finding out that a typical inspector is a 28-year-old woman, the charity is hoping to attract interest from recruits of all ages and backgrounds.Dermot Murphy, who worked as an RSPCA ambulance driver, inspector and chief inspector for 16 years, said:“This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone who thinks they’ve got what it takes to be an RSPCA inspector. No day is ever the same and there’s no better feeling … [Read more...] about RSPCA launches West Yorkshire recruitment drive
A new mum was overjoyed to 'pass' her driving test - only to have her licence revoked a day later because she'd actually failed. Kelsie Murphy was celebrating her birthday when the test centre contacted her and told her there had been an admin "error". The 22-year-old says her examiner had gone through the test paper with her after she took the exam in Herne Bay, Kent, last month. She says he showed her she had received only six minors and told her: "You’ve got yourself an early birthday present- you’ve passed!" Kelsie was so delighted she was almost in tears - but her happiness turned to confusion when the test centre got in touch the next day. She says she was told to return her pass certificate, with a "major" error having been recorded during her driving test on April 11. It remains unclear how she ended up being given an initial 'pass' result - but the centre has said there was an "administrative error". It is thought she is the first person in Britain to have had … [Read more...] about New mum overjoyed to pass driving test
An ex golf pro has “big plans” to transform a tired Teesside driving range into the North’s “go to” place for the sport. Craig Donaldson wants to breathe new life into Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre on Ladgate Lane and make it the “heart of the community”. Plans include a big makeover for the 30-year-old site and a cafe. Craig, a professional golfer for 25 years, has taken over the 20-bay driving range and golf shop at the centre with his wife. He said: “Thirty years ago, this was a state-of-the-art range; it was probably the most talked-about golf facility in the North, the place to be - then it sort of disappeared into the background. “I want to upgrade it and make it the go-to place for golf in the Teesside area, more accessible for non golfers. Younger people and families, not just dads and sons. “We’ll have a cafe on the range for people to get a burger and a drink, we’ll have music and hold theme nights. … [Read more...] about Ex golf pro’s plan to turn driving range into the ‘go to’ place
0 Have your say A driver who abandoned his car and hid when he realised he was being followed by police in the early hours of the morning, was facing his second excess alcohol conviction in less than ten years, a court has heard. Darryl Gebhard (61), of Starlode Drove, West Pinchbeck, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before magistrates at Boston on Wednesday.They heard that in the early hours of January 14, police became aware of his vehicle when he seemed to take avoiding action in Pinfold Road, Bourne and they followed it.They found it abandoned with the driver’s door left wide open and Gebhard was found hiding nearby, with the keys to the car near him.He denied to the police that he had been driving and said someone else had and had run off, but Gebhard was the owner and no one else had been seen in the car, said Jim Clare prosecuting.He gave a positive breath test and gave a reading of 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, … [Read more...] about Drink driver from West Pinchbeck hid from police