Family looks to move after depot approved
A Morningside family are hunting for a new home after consent was granted for a site depot next door.
The Bishop family, who have two preschool children, say they have no other option.
“We just can’t live next to that. We’re here during the day and the impact is just going to be too great on our family,” Virginia Bishop says.
Last week an independent commissioner for Auckland City Council approved plans for a Clear Harbour Alliance site depot in Altham Ave. Heavy trucks will use the site for loading and unloading aggregate and parking.
The Alliance, a partnership between council-owned Metrowater and private companies, is carrying out a three-year stormwater separation project in Kingsland and Eden Terrace.
The Bishops say they were shut out of the decision because neighbours weren’t deemed to be affected parties under the district plan. The family are concerned about noise, traffic, diesel emissions from heavy vehicles and dust from the aggregate.
Councillor Glenda Fryer says the commissioner’s decision was wrong.
“The amenity of the neighbourhood was disregarded in this case,” she says.
Clear Harbour Alliance must submit a management plan detailing their mitigation efforts before starting work on the site.
A council spokesman says officers will respond to any complaints about noise.