Park plans

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

The Shape Auck­land web­site con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment of Cham­ber­lain Park in­cludes cost­ings which re­veal a wide vari­a­tion in cost es­ti­mates. In­clud­ing Waiti­tiko restora­tion and public ac­cess and con­nec­tion, the costs for each sce­nario range as fol­lows:

Sce­nario 1: $5-$18.2 mil­lion. Sce­nario 2: $9.8 -$29 mil­lion. Sce­nario 3: $15.1-$34.9 mil­lion. Sce­nario 4: $12.8-$29.8 mil­lion (ex­clud­ing the cost of the pro­posed aquatic cen­tre).

Th­ese are sig­nif­i­cant costs, and their im­pact on ratepay­ers should not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

In ad­di­tion, a quick check of new aquatic cen­tres re­cently built else­where in­di­cates that costs could well be in the $40-$50 mil­lion range.

It would be of as­sis­tance in the con­sul­ta­tion process if the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board was to ad­vise if it has re­ceived any cost­ings for the pro­posed aquatic cen­tre, and what they are if they have been re­ceived.

Any con­sul­ta­tion process which does not pro­vide full in­for­ma­tion is in­her­ently flawed, which com­pro­mises the re­sults and ig­nores the high us­age of Cham­ber­lain Park by cit­i­zens from all over Auck­land.

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