EDEN PARK’S neighbours say they’ve been left in the dark by a decision to grant resource consent for a new stand overlooking Reimers Ave.
The Eden Park redevelopment board announced on Wednesday it had gained resource consent to build a three-tier south stand as part of the park’s $240 million makeover for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
But angry residents say they have yet to see a final design.
The new design will be four metres lower than a plan given consent last year but it will still put some Reimers Ave homes in the shade.
Reimers Ave resident Michael Dodds says: “We knew they’d get consent and that’s fine.
“But we don’t know the final design and that’s the frustrating thing.
“They are always wishy washy and cagey when we ask and we do feel they are stringing us along.”
The current south stand will be demolished after the Bledisloe Cup test in August and the new stand will be finished by December 2010.
The new stand will fit just under 22,000 people and includes new players and referees’ dressing rooms, media seats and corporate boxes.
Eden Park redevelopment board chairman John Waller says gaining consent was imperative to the project.
“The new south stand with its 21,500 capacity is the cornerstone of the park’s upgrade for Rugby World Cup,” he says.
“It is the most time critical element of the construction project, and so securing approval for the new design has ensured that the project remains on schedule.”
But Eden Park Neighbours Association president Mark Donnelly was surprised to hear resource consent had been granted for the stand.
“We’re still trying to get our heads around the final design and doing it on a piecemeal basis is frustrating,” he says.
“We’re surprised it has been done on a non-notified basis and we have a lot of questions about the changes,” Mr Donnelly says.
He says the association is trying to organise a meeting with the redevelopment board next week to get further information.
Residents are also working through mitigation with officials to compensate for shading from the stand, but no definite plans have been set.
Mr Donnelly says it is difficult to say what compensation there could be without knowing the finalised design and how it impacts on residents.
Resident Alley Miller agrees there has been a lack of communication over the design.
She and her husband have decided to move because of the redevelopments.
“We’re selling partly because of the shading and the construction work,” she says.
“The information has come in dribs and drabs but you never know exactly what is going on.”
Mr Waller says the board has tried to communicate with residents as much as possible.
“We will maintain those high standards throughout the remainder of the consenting stages,” he says.
The design process now awaits consent for improvements to the east stand and consent for new transport facilities.
Go ahead: An artist’s impression of Eden Park’s south stand, which has been granted resource consent.