Residents to appeal park decision
Residents have stalled plans to install artificial turf at a Mt Albert park.
Auckland Council has proposed to upgrade the park on Western Springs Rd, which includes building artificial turf on the existing upper field, netball courts and installing six 17m high floodlights.
A retaining wall will also be built on a lower field.
Last month the council was granted resource consent on the basis that it would be subject to any appeals.
Community group Friends of Fowlds Park and the Tree Council have both filed appeals to the Environment Court.
The decision will be taken to the Environment Court if the matter isn’t resolved with Auckland Council during the mediation period.
Friends of Fowlds Park spokesperson Will McKenzie says there’s a range of issues the group oppose including the visual impact of the retaining wall, the environmental effects, and existing problems with noise, traffic and anti-social behaviour.
McKenzie says they also want the council to consider using a hybrid surface – a fibre-reinforced sand carpet – similar to that being installed at Nixon Park.
Friends of Fowlds Park and the Tree Council have agreed to a court-assisted mediation with Auckland Council.