Eden Park slashes park­ing

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

A de­ci­sion to halve the num­ber of on-site carparks re­quired at Eden Park as part of the Rugby World Cup 2011 re­de­vel­op­ment has left lo­cals di­vided.

Auck­land City Coun­cil’s three in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion­ers have granted the Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board’s re­quest to re­duce the num­ber of park­ing spa­ces from 630 in the orig­i­nal re­source con­sent to 310.

They also lifted a re­stric­tion which orig­i­nally lim­ited the num­ber of peo­ple who can at­tend func­tions at the sta­dium to 1000 un­til more carparks are built.

Now up to 2000 peo­ple will be able to at­tend events, de­spite hav­ing fewer park­ing spa­ces.

Eden Park Neigh­bours As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mark Don­nelly says the group feels like their point of view has been ig­nored.

“The coun­cil al­ways seems to treat Eden Park pretty kindly on con­sent is­sues. We’re not sur­prised.”

He says park­ing on streets sur­round­ing Eden Park is bad enough without re­duc­ing the num­ber of on­site carparks fur­ther.

“We had a head­mas­ters’ con­fer­ence re­cently that parked up in most of the streets in the area.

“You get no warn­ing when you’re not go­ing to be able to park out­side your home.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion also has con­cerns about how late some of the events will last.

“There will be the taxis hang­ing around that can’t or won’t go into the carpark af­ter a 1am fin­ish.”

But Eden Park Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jose Fowler hopes fewer park­ing spa­ces will en­cour­age more peo­ple on to pub­lic trans­port.

“Per­son­ally I think less carpark­ing is a good thing. It’s less of an eye­sore.

“We’ve had a lot of prob­lems with hoons bust­ing into carparks and do­ing wheel spins.”

He says less on-site carpark­ing means both as­so­ci­a­tions, com­mu­nity li­ai­son groups, the coun­cil and the trust board will have to work to­gether to min­imise the im­pact of more cars.

In their re­port, the com­mis­sion­ers found that Eden Park man­age­ment has a “ro­bust man­age­ment frame­work” for deal­ing with traf­fic at func­tions, in­clud­ing the use of sev­eral modes of trans­port.

The other ma­jor de­ci­sion made by the com­mis­sion­ers al­lows the construction of 10,000 tem­po­rary seats over the new east stand and cur­rent west stand.

This boosts the ground’s ca­pac­ity to 60,000, which is the min­i­mum re­quired to host ma­jor matches at the world cup.

How­ever, Mr Don­nelly is also con­cerned about ex­tra noise and light spill that will be cre­ated be­cause of the tem­po­rary seats in the lead-up to the tour­na­ment.

No de­ci­sion will be made about whether the Neigh­bours As­so­ci­a­tion will ap­peal the com­mis­sion­ers’ rul­ing un­til mem­bers have read the re­port in greater de­tail, Mr Don­nelly says.

Mr Fowler says res­i­dents will have to live with the tem­po­rary seats, though he would have liked more money in­vested in the park to in­crease ca­pac­ity on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Fee­ley could not be reached for com­ment be­fore dead­line.

In a state­ment, board chair­man John Waller says he is de­lighted the long con­sent process has come to a suc­cess­ful end.

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