Park noise plan ‘a bit ex­ces­sive’

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

There’s al­ways plenty of noise around Eden Park on game day.

But Eden Park Neigh­bours As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mark Don­nelly is con­cerned po­ten­tial vari­a­tions to the orig­i­nal re­source con­sent granted in 2007 for the park’s re­de­vel­op­ment could al­low noise to in­crease be­yond rea­son­able lev­els next year.

The Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board wants per­mis­sion to breach cur­rent noise lev­els from Oc­to­ber 2010 un­til an acous­tic bar­rier is put up above the new east stand in March 2012, af­ter the Rugby World Cup.

Cur­rently noise re­stric­tions are 55 deci­bels for rugby and 50 deci­bels for cricket.

Tem­po­rary seat­ing to in­crease ca­pac­ity for the world cup is set to be in­stalled on top of the new east stand, where ter­races cur­rently sit. But the seats will pre­vent an acous­tic bar­rier go­ing up be­fore then.

“We’re quite happy dur­ing the Rugby World Cup and un­der­stand why they might need bedding-in games be­fore­hand. But it does seem a bit ex­ces­sive to have it for al­most two years.”

Mr Don­nelly, who is also an Auck­land city coun­cil­lor, says cricket matches are gen­er­ally more of a nui­sance than rugby.

“It’s longer and they pump out more mu­sic in be­tween overs. It’s warm and peo­ple have win­dows and doors open. Dur­ing an All Blacks test peo­ple are hud­dled in­side.”

Re­de­vel­op­ment board chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Fee­ley says it needs per­mis­sion to breach cur­rent noise lim­its be­cause they won’t be able to con­tain all the match­day noise once the ter­races are gone. But he says they’ll work with res­i­dents on the is­sue.

“The best en­deav­ours will be made by the park, es­pe­cially in the cricket sea­son, to limit the amount of noise and mu­sic. The tem­po­rary seats will also act as a bar­rier. In ef­fect it won’t be a ma­jor.”

Mr Fee­ley is also aware of res­i­dents’ con­cerns about the ef­fect of tem­po­rary seats cast­ing a shadow on their prop­er­ties. He says the time the tem­po­rary seats will be in place is lim­ited to be­tween four and six months.

He says anal­y­sis by the board in­di­cates the ex­tra heat­ing cost for houses af­fected by shad­ing from the tem­po­rary seats would be around $50.

“To turn around and say, ‘ we’ll give you the cost of heat­ing’, most peo­ple would see as in­sult­ing.”

The board is also of­fer­ing fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion to res­i­dents whose prop­er­ties will be los­ing sun­light hours per­ma­nently be­cause of the new stands.

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