New neighbours not welcome
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.