Eden Park slashes parking
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.