Tunnel spares nobody
Not even Mt Albert’s movers and shakers have been spared from the disruptions caused by the Waterview connection.
Community board members and Auckland city councillors are among hundreds of residents whose homes are affected by the combined surface and tunnel option.
Avondale Community Board chairman Duncan Macdonald is not going to move from the bungalow he has spent 18 years renovating.
“I’m 54 now. Crikey, I can’t do it again, so we’re staying put.”
He says even though the new motorway won’t run through his property he believes its value will decrease by $100,000 because of its proximity to the $1.4 billion project.
“Who am I going to sell it to now?”
Mr Macdonald says the new connection has upset a lot of people.
“No one around here wants to move. It’s not 365 houses being taken, it’s 365 families being evicted from Avondale, not only from their homes but from the community.”
Auckland city councillor Noelene Raffills has lived in Blockhouse Bay Rd for four years and believes the New Zealand Transport Agency has done well with its community engagement.
Her home is close to the tunnel section but she’s not too concerned.
“When the first road was proposed people complained, when the tunnel was proposed people complained and when the latest proposal was made people complained.
“There will always be people complaining.”
Transport agency chief executive Geoff Dangerfield says affected people will be compensated fairly.
And the public will be able to air their concerns at a series of meetings with the Waterview connection project team. • People can meet the project team at the following venues on these dates:
June 2: Owairaka Primary School from 3.30pm to 8.30pm.
June 3: Waterview Methodist Church, Fir St, from 3.30pm to 8.30pm. An information day will be held at the same church on June 20 from 10am to 3pm.
A second information day is on July 4 at the Avondale Community Centre from 10am to 3pm.
Not happy: Avondale Community Board chairman Duncan Macdonald and his wife Glenys understand that the tunnel will go under properties just down the street from them.