PR stunt?

Central Leader - - Letters -

Is your front page ar­ti­cle in the Cen­tral Leader, March 20, an­other PR stunt for the Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board in­form­ing the pub­lic how great it is go­ing to be?

Yes, for lo­cal pubs and restau­rants it will be great, I just won­der how many of the gen­eral pub­lic will be able to af­ford to at­tend any ma­jor game?

Per­haps the story was pub­lished to in­flu­ence the out­come of the coun­cil hear­ing re­gard­ing the Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board con­sent vari­a­tions – yet again?

As for a num­ber of us who are ratepay­ers on Reimers Ave, as we see the im­pos­ing stand ris­ing up­wards, we pon­der the ef­fects of it through the colder months of the year. This will be with us for the rest of our lives.

When we were ap­proached by the rugby board rep­re­sen­ta­tives we were promised many sweet­en­ers to ac­cept their pro­pos­als.

Things changed when the Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board took over. Ap­pli­ca­tion for con­sent was ap­proved by coun­cil and work com­menced and by and large we ac­cepted the plan.

But as construction be­gan there was, and still are de­par­tures from the orig­i­nal con­sent chang­ing the whole na­ture of de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing the loss of free pub­lic space – I sus­pect that it would cost too much to shift Auck­land Cricket from Eden Park. More likely, there was never any in­ten­tion that Auck­land Cricket was go­ing to move, it was used as a ploy to gain the ini­tial con­sent by mak­ing the lo­cal res­i­dents be­lieve we would gain from the up­grade.

The pub­lic space was to pro­vide play ar­eas for the neigh­bour­hood chil­dren as well as a trans­port hub for buses for ma­jor events.

As a Reimers Ave res­i­dent I was as­tounded to learn also that this new stand is to con­tain a con­ven­tion fa­cil­ity for 600 plus, which will no doubt be used not only for af­ter­match func­tions but dur­ing the rest of the year with the main exit be­ing on to Reimers Ave.

This fa­cil­ity is to be li­censed un­til 1am with a pos­si­bil­ity that this could be ex­tended till 3am. No sleep for us while th­ese func­tions are tak­ing place.

There will be ser­vice ve­hi­cles, pub­lic ve­hi­cles, etc, go­ing through res­i­den­tial A streets any time of day and night, any day of the week!

Eden Park may be classified as an open space 5 by coun­cil, but it’s in the mid­dle of/sur­rounded by res­i­den­tial A hous­ing.

Per­haps in fu­ture, also take into con­sid­er­a­tion the in­ter­ests of the lo­cal res­i­dents to get the other side of the story. F D P GUZZO

Mt Eden

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