Res­i­dents to ap­peal park de­ci­sion

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA EDMONDS

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.

PHOTO: ELESHA EDMONDS/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Friends of Fowlds Park and the Tree Coun­cil have agreed to a court-as­sisted me­di­a­tion with Auck­land Coun­cil.

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