Building site opposed in Freemans Bay
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.’’