Coun­cil to de­cide on tem­po­rary seat­ing

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

A de­ci­sion on whether to build 10,000 tem­po­rary seats vi­tal to Eden Park host­ing the 2011 Rugby World Cup rests with the Auck­land City Coun­cil.

It is ex­pected that three in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion­ers will de­cide this week whether the seats can be in­stalled over the cur­rent West Stand and yet-tobe-con­structed East Stand.

In­stalling the seats will in­crease the ground’s ca­pac­ity to 60,000, which is the min­i­mum num­ber re­quired by world cup bosses for host­ing the tour­na­ment’s ma­jor matches.

Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Fee­ley says the hear­ing went well, but knows there are still some un­happy res­i­dents.

“I hope what­ever de­ci­sion is made, it is some­thing ev­ery party can live with.”

He says there is room to move in the construction timetable if an ap­peal is lodged by neigh­bours.

“We’re still mov­ing along ex­tremely well.

“The tar­get in every­one’s mind is to com­plete it early, but it is too far out to know that for cer­tain.”

The com­mis­sion­ers are also con­sid­er­ing a num­ber of other al­ter­ations to the ini­tial re­source con­sent, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing the num­ber of en­trances on San­dring­ham Rd and land­scape changes.

The coun­cil has al­ready granted con­sent for the west­ern con­course, which will al­low eas­ier ac­cess to the cur­rent west stand on San­dring­ham Rd.

Eden Park Neigh­bours As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent and Auck­land city coun­cil­lor Mark Don­nelly says the group will wait for a de­ci­sion to come through be­fore de­cid­ing whether to launch an ap­peal.

But he says the group does have a num­ber of con­cerns, in­clud­ing noise lev­els and the size of the west­ern con­course.

“We still ques­tion whether there is go­ing to be enough through­put to cater for cricket fans hav­ing bag searches.

“If it’s not big enough, peo­ple come back on to the street.”

Eden Park Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jose Fowler says his or­gan­i­sa­tion will re­main neu­tral about the lat­est changes, with some mem­bers for the up­grade and some against it.

He says some mem­bers are ex­cited about the outer oval po­ten­tially be­ing turned into a test cricket ground, while oth­ers wanted to see it be­come a new park for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

And he knows some neigh­bours will ben­e­fit fi­nan­cially from the Rugby World Cup it­self.

“I do hap­pen to know lots of neigh­bours are ne­go­ti­at­ing long-term leases on their houses.”

New look: An artist’s im­pres­sion of how Eden Park’s new East Stand will look af­ter the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Photo: EDEN PARK RE­DE­VEL­OP­MENT BOARD

Sound proof: An artist’s im­pres­sion of how Eden Park’s new East Stand, left, com­plete with sound bar­rier, will look af­ter the 2011 Rugby World Cup. It will re­place the ter­races, which sit next to the ASB stand on the right of the im­age.

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