Park noise plan ‘a bit excessive’
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.