Her­itage park ‘too ex­pen­sive’ to pro­tect

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A com­mu­nity group is call­ing out Auck­land Coun­cil to prop­erly pro­tect a her­itage park, say­ing it is at risk of be­ing sold, or even ‘‘de­cay and dis­ease’’.

Chelsea Es­tate Her­itage Park, is a her­itage park and an eco­log­i­cal as­set, as well as an im­por­tant link in the North-West Wildlink.

Un­der the Re­serves Act 1977, all re­serves are re­quired to be cov­ered by a Re­serve Man­age­ment Plan, to guide de­ci­sions. But Chelsea Es­tate Her­itage Park doesn’t have one.

With­out such a plan, a park can’t be gazetted, which means it could po­ten­tially be sold off to pri­vate in­vestors or de­vel­oped.

The Chelsea Re­gional Park As­so­ci­a­tion (CHERPA), a group of lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als, neigh­bours and reg­u­lar users, is con­cerned the park is not be­ing looked af­ter as it should be.

Spokesper­son Bruce Stain­ton told the Kaipatiki Lo­cal Board on Au­gust 16, the park ur­gently needs a man­age­ment plan.

‘‘There has to be a re­quire­ment. We need some­thing to work with now,’’ Stain­ton said.

At the mo­ment, the only work be­ing done by vol­un­teers is the weed­ing, be­cause it is un­clear who has re­spon­si­bil­ity for the tracks and cy­cle­ways.

Ducks are dy­ing on the lake and we would like to put up signs for trees, clean up the wa­ter­ways and have gen­eral main­te­nance car­ried out, Stain­ton said.

‘‘The park needs the plan to have every­one pulling in the same di­rec­tion, of what work can be done, where and when.’’

Pre­vi­ously, a Re­serve Man­age­ment Plan was drafted by the North Shore City Coun­cil. How­ever, Auck­land Coun­cil’s man­ager ser­vice and as­set plan­ning, Jus­tine Haves, said the process of con­tin­u­ing the city coun­cil’s plan was halted in 2013, pend­ing res­o­lu­tion of stormwa­ter as­pects. The stormwa­ter works is due to com­mence this month, Haves added.

The Kaipatiki Lo­cal Board said it would be too ex­pen­sive to com­plete the plan and is in­ves­ti­gat­ing with Auck­land Coun­cil an om­nibus ap­proach to open space.

But, Stain­ton asks why can’t the draft, which had al­ready been be­gun, just be picked up and fin­ished?

‘‘A lot of the back­ground in­for­ma­tion would still be ap­pro­pri­ate in­for­ma­tion,’’ Stain­ton said.

Let’s get a plan for every­one to fol­low, he said. ‘‘We don’t want to go any more back­wards, in­stead go for­wards.’’

LAINE MOGER/ STUFF

Chelsea Es­tate Her­itage Park doesn’t have an of­fi­cial plan and vol­un­teers want to know why.

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