An­zac St Car Park sale op­posed


A coun­cil­lor de­scribes it as a ‘‘field of dreams’’ but there’s strong com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion to coun­cil plans to sell off a pub­lic car park in cen­tral Taka­puna on Auck­land’s North Shore.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment arm, Panuku, is con­sult­ing on its pro­posed sale of the 250-space An­zac St Car Park, af­ter an 8500-strong pe­ti­tion forced it to hold off on its plans.

The car park is also home to Taka­puna’s pop­u­lar Sun­day Mar­ket where an ac­tion group has been col­lect­ing writ­ten sub­mis­sions, now to­talling 434, with a cou­ple of week­ends still to go to the Septem­ber 4 dead­line.

Taka­puna Ac­tion Group spokesper­son Ruth Jack­son said they are not op­posed to in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of Taka­puna, but rather the sale of pub­lic land.

‘‘We are not anti-de­vel­op­ment, we are not try­ing to stem the tide of change … but we be­lieve pri­vate de­vel­op­ment should be on pri­vate land,’’ Jack­son said.

Fur­ther, the group ques­tions the ethics of the pro­posed sale.

The An­zac St site was bought in 1964 by the Taka­puna City Coun­cil for the pur­pose of park­ing.

A loan was taken out to pur­chase the land, which was paid back over 31 years through tar­geted rates to lo­cal busi­nesses.

How­ever, un­der the pro­posed plans, the car park would be taken away and three build­ings, each with a po­ten­tial height of nine storeys, could be built on the land.

This would mean over 95 per cent of the pub­lic land would be cov­ered be pri­vate build­ings, ac­cord­ing to Jack­son.

How­ever, North Shore ward coun­cil­lor Chris Darby said the pro­posal was not set in stone and he en­vis­aged a much wider open space for the area.

‘‘I’m just invit­ing those who have an in­ter­est here to maybe en­vis­age some­thing bet­ter than what we have got,’’ Darby said.

Darby penned an in­vi­ta­tion to send in imag­i­na­tive ideas for the car park in a col­umn called ‘‘Field of Dreams’’ in the Spinoff.

How­ever, for Jack­son, the is­sue was about more than just park­ing and a mar­ket, it was about keep­ing green spa­ces for the future.

‘‘The car park is an is­sue, the mar­ket is an is­sue, but es­sen­tially this is an ar­gu­ment about peo­ple, about the qual­ity of the lives of the peo­ple who live here and the ameni­ties they are go­ing to have not just now but in 20 years’ time,’’ Jack­son said.


Lo­cal board mem­ber Jan O’Con­nor and Ruth Jack­son gath­er­ing writ­ten sub­mis­sions.

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