Pub­lic as­set sale la­beled ‘cash grab’

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - NIGEL MOFFIET

The pro­posed sale of a Pa­pakura town cen­tre pub­lic car park is of ‘‘great con­cern’’, busi­ness lead­ers say.

The Pa­pakura Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion is back­ing the lo­cal board and call­ing on the Auck­land Coun­cil to ditch the sale of 26 to 36 O’Shan­nessey Street.

Busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Neil O’Connor says coun­cil prop­erty man­agers Panuku De­vel­op­ment has failed to con­sult with the com­mu­nity over the pro­posal.

He says busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers have at­tended com­mer­cial project com­mit­tee meet­ings with the lo­cal board for two years. The meet­ings are about ‘‘mov­ing Pa­pakura to­wards be­com­ing the metropoli­tan cen­tre Auck­land Coun­cil have des­ig­nated it to be’’.

‘‘At no time over the past two years has any rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Panuku ever at­tended one of our meet­ings. We have not been con­sulted about the sale of this land or the im­pact a sale may have on any po­ten­tial rede­vel­op­ment of the site,’’ O’Connor says.

The pro­posed sale ap­pears to be a ‘‘cash grab’’, he says.

‘‘Pa­pakura is des­per­ately short of coun­cil-owned land. The sale of this land seems to lack any strate­gic thought or con­sid­er­a­tion to­wards a bet­ter fu­ture for Pa­pakura. The [busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion] is ab­so­lutely in favour of strate­gi­cally, well thought-out rede­vel­op­ment.

‘‘Sites like this are gold.’’

NIGEL MOFFIET / STUFF

Auck­land Coun­cil’s prop­erty man­agers Panuku De­vel­op­ment has ear­marked 26 to 36 O’Shan­nessey Street for sale.

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