Park consent pending
PLANS to install artificial turf on Fowlds Park have moved into the next stage.
Auckland Council has applied for resource consent for its plan to upgrade Fowlds Park in Mt Albert.
The Albert-Eden Local Board has endorsed a concept plan for the park, on Western Springs Rd, which includes building artificial turf on the existing upper field and netball courts, and installing six new 17m high floodlights.
A retaining wall will also be built on a lower field to support the turf.
Fowlds Park is one of eight reserves in the Albert-Eden area to be upgraded over the next 10 years as part of Auckland Council’s $190 million Sports Field Capacity Development Programme.
The area has one of the largest shortfalls in sports field capacity in Auckland.
Board chairman Peter Haynes says the upgrade will benefit the rugby league and softball clubs who are based at the park.
‘‘It also eases pressure elsewhere in the sports field network and so should benefit players across our area,’’ Haynes says.
Neighbours of the park objected to the turf as they fear some users will be shut out and existing problems with noise, traffic and antisocial behaviour will get worse as more people are drawn to use the facility.
Haynes says he hopes more use of the park will lead to less of this type of behaviour.
The resource consent application was originally lodged in March but the planner requested more information from the council.
Auckland Council central resource consents manager Mark White says if there are no further requests for information then a hearing will be held after public submissions close on July 13.
‘‘At the hearing the applicant and the submitters, along with the relevant specialists representing both parties, will have the opportunity to present their case to the Hearings Panel,’’ White says.
Auckland Council has applied for resource consent to upgrade Fowlds Park.