Neigh­bours un­happy

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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.

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