Sil­ver­wood play­ground warn­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A play­ground in the Sil­ver­wood sub­di­vi­sion of Whitby could pose a fire risk and lead to in­creased drug use, al­co­hol con­sump­tion and crim­i­nal be­hav­iour, Porirua City coun­cil­lors were told last week.

In a deputation to Te Komiti, Ca­nary Way res­i­dent David Shadwell said he was speak­ing for a group of home­own­ers near the pro­posed Sil­ver­wood Park play­ground. It is to be built later this year.

Mr Shadwell said while he was not op­posed to a play­ground, the process and con­sul­ta­tion was flawed.

‘‘ We have con­cerns that the con­sul­ta­tion was nar­row. It did not in­clude enough landown­ers and there has been an in­con­sis­tency be­tween feed­back and de­sign.’’

Mr Shadwell said more time was needed to gather feed­back be­cause not enough homes in the vicin­ity of Sil­ver­wood Park had been built. Ninety out of 250 lots are un­sold.

He was wor­ried a play­ground would be­come a fo­cal point for people to con­gre­gate and the risk of fire was a real one.

No traf­fic as­sess­ment or en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact work had been done and there was an ex­pec­ta­tion that nearby res­i­dents would have to be­come the ‘‘guardians’’ of the fa­cil­ity.

‘‘I’m not talk­ing about dur­ing the day or when it’s used on the weekend, but out­side these hours,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s ap­pro­pri­ate to al­low time to un­der­stand the needs of the de­mo­graphic in Sil­ver­wood — the sim­ple fact is we do not know who is liv­ing there.’’

Mr Shadwell said there had been ev­i­dence of drugs, such as nee­dles, in the area.

The re­port to Te Komiti said the coun­cil aimed to pro­vide chil­dren with a play­ground within 600 me­tres of their home. Orig­i­nal Sil­ver­wood plans, ap­proved in 2008, showed pro­vi­sion for the con­struc­tion of a play­ground.

Last Septem­ber, the coun­cil sent a sur­vey to homes within 600m of Sil­ver­wood Park — there were 51 re­sponses, with four com­plaints from property own­ers.

Mr Shadwell, in re­ply to coun­cil­lors’ ques­tions, said he rep­re­sented five of the seven property own­ers in Ca­nary Way.

He said any ques­tions about whether he was op­posed to a play­ground were not rel­e­vant — he was more con­cerned about the de­sign and the process.

Whitby Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Ge­off Mow­day said hav­ing the play­ground con­sul­ta­tion process over De­cem­ber and Jan­uary was not ideal, but the as­so­ci­a­tion’s feed­back was pos­i­tive.

He said risk anal­y­sis and po­lice re­ports on the fa­cil­ity would be valu­able.

‘‘The coun­cil has been proac­tive, rather than wait­ing for the de­vel­op­ment to be com­plete and then the area is scream­ing out for a play­ground.’’

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