Build­ing site op­posed in Free­mans Bay

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CATRIN OWEN

A group of res­i­dents have suc­cess­fully said ‘no’ to Auck­land Trans­port.

The res­i­dents of an apart­ment build­ing on Colling­wood St in Free­mans Bay were in­formed a work site was to be in­stalled out­side their block.

They were first told about the pro­posed of­fice be­ing built via a mail drop on Au­gust 31, two days be­fore the pro­posed work was to be­gin.

The build­ing was to be used as a site of­fice for the up­grades to Franklin Rd and was go­ing to be there for at least a year.

‘‘This af­fects park­ing, rent value and prop­erty value and has a long im­po­si­tion on our lives. There was no con­sul­ta­tion and a lack of ex­pla­na­tion.’’ res­i­dent Andy Ben­nett says.

Ni­cola Jack­son is a res­i­dent in the apart­ment build­ing and was also unimpressed by the no­ti­fi­ca­tion process.

‘‘It is a com­mer­cial project, there­fore why does it need to be in a res­i­den­tial street when this is a com­mer­cial con­struc­tion project?’’

Jack­son had been keep­ing up to date on the Franklin Rd up­grade, how­ever she says there was no men­tion of the work af­fect­ing Colling­wood St.

She is also ex­pect­ing a baby and al­ready had to move her car a 10 minute walk away be­cause con­trac­tors had put cones out where the site would be built.

‘‘They had cones out for two days and were not do­ing any work, there should be a no­tice of who the con­trac­tor is, the du­ra­tion of the project. It’s fun­da­men­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion.’’

Fol­low­ing a let­ter from the con­cerned res­i­dents, AT de­cided to ex­plore other lo­ca­tions

A spokesper­son for AT says they have agreed that a work site will not be es­tab­lished on Colling­wood St and are ex­plor­ing other op­tions which has very lit­tle im­pact on res­i­den­tial dwellings.

Water­care is in­vest­ing $5.5 mil­lion in up­grad­ing Franklin Rd’s wa­ter and waste­water net­work. In the last 18 months, Water­care says it has un­der­taken on-go­ing con­sul­ta­tion with the Free­mans Bay com­mu­nity on the Franklin Rd up­grades.

Water­care stake­holder li­ai­son man­ager Brent Evans says as the city grows it is in­evitable there will be dis­rup­tion from time to time.

‘‘We re­alise that our works will have an im­pact on res­i­dents but ev­ery ef­fort has been made to keep dis­rup­tion to a min­i­mum.’’

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