Scrap loom­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS LEE

AN­GRY neigh­bours are band­ing to­gether to fight hard­ware gi­ant Bun­nings mov­ing in to the sub­urb of Arch Hill.

Bun­nings is seek­ing re­source con­sent to con­struct and op­er­ate a store at 272-302 Great North Rd on the bor­der of Grey Lynn and Arch Hill with a load­ing zone at the rear of a ware­house on Dean St.

Houses and a kin­der­garten sit op­po­site the site on the small, noexit sec­tion of the street which res­i­dents say would be used by up to 40 large trucks and 20 courier vans a day.

A Bun­nings spokes­woman says Auck­land Coun­cil com­mis­sion­ers rec­om­mended the con­sent be pro­cessed on a lim­ited no­ti­fi­ca­tion ba­sis.

No­ti­fied par­ties have un­til May 3 to com­ment.

The de­vel­op­ment will have three storeys – two base­ment lev­els and a main ware­house with one pri­mary pub­lic ac­cess fronting on to Great North Rd.

Arch Hill teacher Sue Lyons lives on nearby King St and says the plans are shock­ing.

‘‘It just feels like cor­po­rates mov­ing into our lit­tle neigh­bour­hood that don’t care at all. No mat­ter how you dress it up it will be this big ugly thing that dom­i­nates.’’

A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of res­i­dents in the streets sur­round­ing the site have not been in­formed, she says.

‘‘Bun­nings has had 10 months to put some­thing to­gether – we have just 28 days.’’

The de­vel­op­ment will cover the for­mer Sum­mit House and Wat­tyl Trade Paint cen­tre sites.

A res­i­dents’ ac­tion meet­ing was held on Mon­day night to assem­ble a col­lec­tive ob­jec­tion to the store.

Anita Ag­grey, who has lived in the mixed use zon­ing area for al­most two decades, says res­i­dents are con­cerned by the re­sult­ing in­crease in traf­fic vol­ume along Dean St.

‘‘What they are try­ing to do is big­ger than the space can hold.

‘‘It will change the whole vibe of the area – it’s the sort of thing that should be on the out­skirts, not in the mid­dle of lovely Arch Hill.’’

Res­i­dents met with the re­tail gi­ant last year and sug­gested an in­ter­nal load­ing lane within the build­ing would solve part of the prob­lem.

Bun­nings says in its pro­posal it will also have a short­fall of avail­able car parks, Ms Ag­grey says.

‘‘It will place stress on al­ready over-bur­dened park­ing sit­u­a­tions for res­i­dents be­cause most of us don’t have off-street park­ing. We al­ready deal with com­muter park­ing.’’

Noise pol­lu­tion from the ware­house, which will op­er­ate from 7am to 9pm seven days a week dur­ing sum­mer months, is also a con­cern.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Shocked:

Anita Ag­grey and Arch Hill res­i­dents are fight­ing plans by re­tail gi­ant Bun­nings to build a three-level ware­house store in the small sub­urb of Arch Hill.

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