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