Back­yard scrap looms

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

A SAN­DRING­HAM cou­ple plan to fight to keep their back gar­den from be­ing swal­lowed up in a trans­port project.

Fleur O’Leary and Paul Nola’s house at 59 Wal­ters Rd is one of four prop­er­ties the Auck­land City Coun­cil has is­sued with a no­tice of re­quire­ment to take land for road widen­ing.

Ms O’Leary says while they had ex­pected the no­tice of re­quire­ment to be is­sued, they’re not happy about it.

“We’re ro­peable, it’s our back gar­den,” she says.

The widen­ing of San­dring­ham Rd has been brought for­ward to be fin­ished for the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

The coun­cil’s city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee voted at its March meet­ing to is­sue the no­tice.

It was pub­licly no­ti­fied on March 27 and peo­ple have un­til May 1 to make sub­mis­sions.

Ms O’Leary says they won’t give up their land without a fight.

“In the end they will steal your land whether you like it or not.

“They are on a time line with the world cup com­ing up and they need this par­tic­u­lar piece of land be­cause we’re di­rectly op­po­site where they want to widen the rail­way sta­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port pre­sented to the com­mit­tee, the cou­ple will lose 26 square me­tres of their 594 square me­tre prop­erty.

The area is along the back of the sec­tion and they will lose their fence, a row of trees and their built-in brick bar­be­cue.

“You can ap­peal it which can take up to six to eight months and take it to the En­vi­ron­ment Court.”

She says they have tried un­suc­cess­fully to con­tact the coun­cil about the is­sue.

A neigh­bour­ing prop­erty at 57 Wal­ters Rd will lose a to­tal of six square me­tres, 60 San­dring­ham Rd will lose 45 square me­tres and 64 San­dring­ham Rd will lose 29 square me­tres.

All three prop­er­ties are rented.

At the com­mit­tee meet­ing, coun­cil­lor Glenda Fryer un­suc­cess­fully moved an amend­ment that the coun­cil still pro­vide an in­te­grated trans­port corridor for the world cup but do it without des­ig­nat­ing the prop­er­ties.

“It’s money that should have gone into things like un­der­ground­ing pow­er­lines, the beau­ti­fy­ing of shop­ping cen­tres and art­works, in­stead of go­ing into this road no one wants.”

She said is­su­ing the no­tice of re­quire­ment was “crazy lu­nacy”.

The $18 mil­lion project will re­align San­dring­ham Rd be­tween the Kings­land rail­way sta­tion and Reimers Ave, pro­vide widened foot­paths and a sig­nalled pe- de­s­trian cross­ing and south­bound peak time bus lanes be­tween Kowhai School and Burn­ley Tce.

There will also be a new link lane be­tween Wal­ters and San­dring­ham roads and traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures on Wal­ters Rd.

A coun­cil spokesper­son says it will un­der­take the road widen­ing work “to the ex­tent that land ac­qui­si­tion per­mits” be­fore the world cup.

“As land be­comes avail­able the phys­i­cal works will be pro­grammed to best meet the project ob­jec­tives.”

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