Talks keep Metro’s hopes on the field
Hope could be on the horizon for junior footballers at the Mt Albertbased Metro club.
Metro is set to lose Alan Wood reserve, where many of its youngsters play, to the new Waterview motorway connection.
But club chairman Wilson Irons says recent discussions with the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Auckland City Council have been positive.
He says replacement grounds could include developing surplus land at the club’s Phyllis St home or finding an alternative base.
But Mr Irons says replacement grounds need to be in the local area, where most club members live.
“If the new grounds aren’t in Mt Albert we might as well close up.”
While time is an important factor, with new fields potentially taking years to develop properly, Mr Irons remains optimistic.
“It’s been good to have NZTA and Auckland city in the same room.
“I think the future looks brighter for people who play football in the area.”
If the extra land at Phyllis St is developed, Mr Irons says more investment will have to be made in appropriate facilities.
‘You’ve got to have ex- tra changing rooms and toilets.”
Agency spokesman Ewart Barnsley says it is working closely with Metro and the council to come up with a solution.
Along with purchasing new land or developing existing council land, he says the agency could transfer land it currently owns, but is surplus to requirements after the project is finished.