Lo­cal con­cern

Central Leader - - Letters -

Heather McCracken’s ar­ti­cle about pro­posed traf­fic im­prove­ments around Eden Park high­lighted the grave con­cerns of lo­cal res­i­dents.

The Eden Al­bert Com­mu­nity Board has ar­gued strongly that the San­dring­ham Rd changes will bring no real ben­e­fits. Even if they could be jus­ti­fied should they swal­low up $18 mil­lion (82 per­cent) of the $22m bud­get for the Eden Park precinct up­grade?

Should not spending on a ma­jor ar­te­rial road come from a dif­fer­ent bud­get?

Imag­ine the lim­ited na­ture of the up­grade for the rest of the precinct if only $4 mil­lion is be spread thinly on other streets near the park.

It is a real con­cern that the scope of the precinct up­grade has not even at this late stage been se­ri­ously de­bated or clearly de­fined. Yes, Kings­land and ac­cess to its rail­way sta­tion need to be in­cluded, as do streets link­ing the park to Morn­ing­side sta­tion.

Other streets bor­der­ing Grib­ble­hirst Park do not need to be in­cluded.

On the park side of San­dring­ham Rd all the streets bounded by that road, Wal­ters Rd, Do­min­ion Rd and Burn­ley Tce should be in­cluded.

Why? Be­cause they all carry heavy pedes­trian and ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic when the park is in use and at present they have un­even foot­paths and poor lighting.

If the San­dring­ham Rd changes are re­moved from the precinct up­grade, there is a golden op­por­tu­nity for the Auck­land City Coun­cil to up­grade the Res­i­den­tial 1 streets ad­ja­cent to the park.

A walk to Eden Park would then not only be a safe ex­pe­ri­ence but would also al­low pa- trons to view clearly some of the purest re­main­ing streets of Ed­war­dian Auck­land.

With a re-think on the bud­get and more imag­i­na­tive plan­ning the Eden Park precinct up­grade could achieve two pos­i­tive re­sults – bet­ter ac­cess to the park and en­hance­ment to one of Auck­land’s her­itage sub­urbs.

Now that would be real value for money.

JOHN MACMIL­LAN

San­dring­ham

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