Res­i­dents of­fered compo

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

COM­PEN­SA­TION of­fers are on the ta­ble to home­own­ers who will lose some sun when Eden Park’s new south stand goes up.

The Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board has made of­fers of be­tween $1500 and $5000 to 47 home own­ers to com­pen­sate for the ef­fects of shad­ing from the pro­posed new stand, which re­ceived re­source con­sent last month.

The re­de­vel­op­ment board has been con­sult­ing with res­i­dents since last year and made cash of­fers to af­fected home own­ers last month.

The com­pen­sa­tion of­fered is based on the cost of a range of im­prove­ment mea­sures such as ceil­ing in­su­la­tion to coun­ter­act lost sun­light.

Some own­ers have al­ready ac­cepted the of­fer and the rest have up to six months to de­cide.

A pub­lic meet­ing will be held tonight for res­i­dents to dis­cuss the of­fers and ask ques­tions.

Mark Dar­rah is one res­i­dent who has al­ready ac­cepted the of­fer.

He says the mit­i­ga­tion of­fered is fair and rea­son­able.

“Eden Park has been there for more than a hun­dred years and im­prove­ments are due again,” he says.

“There will be an im­pact so it is rea­son­able to miti- gate, but I think it is a rea­son­able deal that has been of­fered.”

Con­nell Wag­ner con­sul­tant en­gi­neer Tris­tan Il­lich says the worst time for shad­ing will be in mid-win­ter when the av­er­age house will lose 55 to 60 min­utes of sun­shine a day.

The worst af­fected in Reimers Ave will lose two hours in the af­ter­noon.

Eden Park re­de­vel­op­ment board chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Fee­ley says the shad­ing has been re­duced by 75 per cent from the orig­i­nal de­sign con­sented by the coun­cil.

He says the board has cho­sen to com­pen­sate more homes than it was ob­li­gated to.

“We weren’t re­quired to go this far but we wanted to demon­strate tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence that Eden Park is de­ter­mined to be a good neigh­bour and we be­lieve this is a fair and eq­ui­table so­lu­tion for lo­cal res­i­dents,” he says.

Eden Park Res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jose Fowler says he has not yet had much feed­back from res­i­dents about whether they are happy with the of­fers.

“I imag­ine the fig­ure is de­pen­dant on how they are af­fected but it’s be­tween the trust board and the res­i­dents and it’s a per­sonal thing as to whether it’s enough.”

Eden Park Neigh­bours As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mark Donnelly says it is diffi- cult to judge how ad­e­quate the mit­i­ga­tion of­fers are.

He says the level of mit­i­ga­tion does not take into ac­count the on­go­ing costs of some equip­ment like heat pumps, which will need to be re­placed over time.

“We need to have a good tech­ni­cal dis­cus­sion as peo­ple are feel­ing a bit iso­lated and don’t know how it has been cal­cu­lated so the meet­ing will be help­ful.”

Home­own­ers af­fected by shad­ing on a pro­posed east stand will re­ceive a sim­i­lar of­fer once the de­sign is con­firmed and re­source con­sent granted.

The meet­ing will be from 6.30pm to 8pm tonight in the Eden Park play­ers lounge.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Done deal: Reimers Ave res­i­dent Mark Dar­rah is happy with a cash of­fer to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of shad­ing from Eden Park’s new south stand.

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