Day­care shocks


The Hibis­cus and Bays Lo­cal Board is shocked to dis­cover a re­source con­sent they had asked to be pub­licly no­ti­fied, has al­ready been ap­proved.

In May, the board was con­sulted on an ap­pli­ca­tion to con­struct and op­er­ate aday­care in Mairangi Bay.

The chair and deputy chair­women, Ju­lia Parfitt and Janet FItzger­ald, vis­ited the site, near the bay’s south­ern round­about and pro­vided their thoughts on the day­care in writ­ing.

‘‘We have se­ri­ous con­cerns about traf­fic move­ment, about the num­ber of ve­hi­cles that will ac­cess this site and that it is im­me­di­ately op­po­site a res­i­den­tial com­plex and a close prox­im­ity to the round­about,’’ they wrote.

They were also wor­ried about the lack of carparks and re­quested the ap­pli­ca­tion be fully no­ti­fied.

Re­source con­sent for the 100-child cen­tre was ap­proved, with­out any notification, in a de­ci­sion re­leased in July this year. It said there would be no ‘‘ad­versely af­fected per­sons’’.

Yet, Parfitt said they were sur­prised to hear about the de­ci­sion by read­ing it in the pa­per.

‘‘I would have thought every sin­gle per­son us­ing that round­about is go­ing to be im­pacted.’’

She said the day­care, com­bined with new apart­ments, would have a cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect on traf­fic. ‘‘This is not a small cen­tre, it’s got 100 chil­dren and a huge num­ber of traf­fic move­ments.’’

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