New neigh­bours not wel­come

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

A Morn­ing­side fam­ily are hunt­ing for a new home af­ter con­sent was granted for a site de­pot next door.

The Bishop fam­ily, who have two preschool chil­dren, say they have no other op­tion.

“We just can’t live next to that,” Vir­ginia Bishop says.

“We’re here dur­ing the day and the im­pact is just go­ing to be too great on our fam­ily.”

Last week an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sioner for Auck­land City Coun­cil ap­proved plans for a Clear Har­bour Al­liance site de­pot in Altham Ave.

Heavy trucks will use the site for load­ing and un­load­ing ag­gre­gate and park­ing.

The Al­liance, a part­ner­ship be­tween coun­cil-owned Metrowa­ter and private com­pa­nies, is car­ry­ing out stormwa­ter sep­a­ra­tion work in Kings­land and Eden Ter­race.

The work is ex­pected to take three years.

The Bishops say they were shut out of the de­ci­sion be­cause neigh­bours weren’t deemed to be af­fected par­ties un­der the dis­trict plan.

The fam­ily are con­cerned about noise, traf­fic, diesel emis­sions from heavy ve­hi­cles and dust from the ag­gre­gate.

Coun­cil­lor Glenda Fryer ar­gued on be­half of neigh­bours at the hear­ing, and says the com­mis­sioner’s de­ci­sion was wrong.

“The amenity of the neigh­bour­hood was dis­re­garded in this case,” she says.

“I was very dis­ap­pointed in the de­ci­sion.”

Clear Har­bour Al­liance must sub­mit a man­age­ment plan de­tail­ing their mit­i­ga­tion ef­forts be­fore start­ing work on the site.

A coun­cil spokesman says noise mon­i­tor­ing re­ports must also be sub­mit­ted and of­fi­cers will re­spond to any com­plaints.

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