Fly­ers protest­ing SkyPath dropped in North­cote Pt

North Shore Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ANNA THOMP­SON

A new and some­what mys­te­ri­ous com­mu­nity group has emerged, as the fight against Auck­land’s SkyPath heats up again. De­spite North­cote Point res­i­dents drop­ping their ap­peal against the pro­posed har­bour bridge cross­ing more than a year ago, a group call­ing it­self ‘‘Friends of North­cote Point’’, has dropped fly­ers in let­ter­boxes in the area in the past two weeks.

The flyer urges res­i­dents to take ac­tion against SkyPath, based on cy­cle lanes tak­ing up road and foot­path space, cost, a re­duced left turn into Onewa Rd, and con­cerns for the ‘‘her­itage am­bi­ence’’ of Queen St, among other points. It urges ac­tion, in­clud­ing pe­ti­tion­ing the lo­cal board and writ­ing to the North Shore Times, but car­ries no con­tact de­tails for the group.

North­cote Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Chris War­gent said the as­so­ci­a­tion doesn’t know who th­ese peo­ple are. Ex­pected to open in 2019, the SkyPath was granted re­source con­sent in mid2015 but the con­sent was ap­pealed by sev­eral com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing North­cote Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion. Pri­vately funded, the SkyPath it­self is not the is­sue, but po­ten­tial park­ing is­sues in the area have an­gered lo­cals.

War­gent said his group was tak­ing one thing at a time and was now con­cen­trat­ing on what the traf­fic back-up would be like for com­muters com­ing from Birken­head and flow-on ef­fects of this.

Res­i­dent Catri­ona Col­ven said: ‘‘[The SkyPath] would be very cool. As long as they didn’t take out the street park­ing and make all the cur­rent ones P120.’’

Bryant Dou­glas has lived in North­cote Point for more than 20 years and thinks SkyPath is a good idea. ‘‘A huge amount of thought needs to be put into how to deal with the foot traf­fic. It shouldn’t be built at the ex­pense of the res­i­dents. With an ex­pected

‘‘It's good to see the com­mu­nity step­ping up to get an­swers about what can be done’’

Bryant Dou­glas

14,000 [peo­ple] vis­it­ing and walk­ing across each week­end, there needs to be some­where they can park. It’s good to see the com­mu­nity step­ping up to get an­swers about what can be done.’’

North­cote and Birken­head MP Jonathon Cole­man said he sup­ported the con­cept of walk­ing and cy­cling over the bridge. How­ever, he said, any such cross­ing needed to link to SeaPath, as North­cote Point couldn’t cope if the south end of Princes Street was the sole exit point.

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SkyPath would be an­nexed to Auck­land Har­bour Bridge and could carry up to 14,000 vis­i­tors in a week­end, rais­ing con­cerns for some res­i­dents.

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