Public asset sale labeled ‘cash grab’
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.’’
Auckland Council’s property managers Panuku Development has earmarked 26 to 36 O’Shannessey Street for sale.