Green light to lease no­ti­fi­ca­tion


An Upper Har­bour sports club shuf­fle-up due to a mo­tor­way project, in­clud­ing an amal­ga­ma­tion of lo­cal pony clubs, is a step closer fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion to pub­licly no­tify new com­mu­nity leases.

At a meet­ing on May 18, the Upper Har­bour Lo­cal Board moved to ap­prove pub­lic no­ti­fi­ca­tion of Auck­land Coun­cil’s in­ten­tion to grant com­mu­nity leases to Har­bour Hockey, North Har­bour BMX and Rosedale Pony Club at their re­spec­tive new lo­ca­tions.

The new com­mu­nity lease would grant Har­bour Hockey land at Rosedale Park West, the cur­rent site of the Rosedale Pony Club and North Har­bour BMX.

For Rosedale Pony Club, the pro­posed so­lu­tion is to move to Wain­oni Park, the present lo­ca­tion of Green­hithe Pony Club and Green­hithe Rid­ing For The Dis­abled, to form an eques­trian hub.

North Har­bour BMX would move to Hooton Re­serve in Oteha Val­ley Rd.

Har­bour Hockey is los­ing land from their site at Con­stel­la­tion Re­serve due to the new mo­tor­way fly­overs as part of the North­ern Cor­ri­dor Im­prove­ments (NCI) project.

The de­ci­sion to ap­prove the re­lo­ca­tion of Har­bour Hockey, sub­ject to the sat­is­fac­tory con­clu­sion of a lease hear­ing process, was car­ried four votes to two.

How­ever, ap­proval to pub­licly no­tify of the in­ten­tion to grant the rel­e­vant new com­mu­nity leases was split equally be­tween board mem­bers - three to three.

The mo­tion was passed by Upper Har­bour Lo­cal Board chair­woman Lisa Whyte, who ex­er­cised a cast­ing vote, as was the mo­tion to ap­point an in­de­pen­dent hear­ings panel to hear sub­mis­sions on the pro­posed leases.

Whyte said in mov­ing the res­o­lu­tions she did so with a view to ‘‘cer­tainty for all groups, that the opin­ions of the pub­lic will be sought’’.

‘‘This no­ti­fi­ca­tion process en­ables ev­ery mem­ber of the pub­lic that has an in­ter­est - whether they’re a res­i­dent, a busi­ness owner, a sports mem­ber or just an in­ter­ested party - to have the op­por­tu­nity to make a sub­mis­sion,’’ she said at the meet­ing.

Whyte said the is­sue was dif­fi­cult, how­ever there was ‘‘over­whelm­ing sup­port’’ in the com­mu­nity for NCI.

The pro­posed lease term would be 10 years, fol­lowed by two 10-year rights of re­newal.

Har­bour Hockey would move to the site of the Rosedale Pony Club, should the com­mu­nity leases even­tu­ally go ahead.

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