Fam­ily looks to move af­ter de­pot ap­proved

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

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.

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