Roskill Community Voice Media Release, 10 May 2011

“Local  residents feel kicked in the guts by the decision of three un-elected  planning commissioners to allow the Warehouse Pah Rd development to  proceed, and they have decided to take action”, says Roskill Community  Voice member of the Puketapapa Local Board Julie Fairey. Ms Fairey made  her comments after local residents voted overwhelmingly to proceed with  an appeal to the Environment Court at a well-attended public meeting on  Sunday.

“People  are angry that their legitimate concerns have been ignored. They are  not anti-Warehouse in principle, but they have raised a number of  serious and specific issues about the suitability of the site for a big  box development, including:

·         The impact on traffic congestion at an intersection and major arterial route that Council reports say is already at gridlock

·         Pedestrian safety, particularly given the large number of children who use neighbouring Seymour Park at peak shopping times

·         The impact on nearby and unconnected shopping areas, particularly Royal Oak

“Residents  feel that these serious concerns have simply not been heard”, says  Michael Wood, the other Roskill Community Voice member on the Puketapapa  Board.

“At  our public meeting we heard from Amanda Kinzett of the Onehunga  Business Association, which has filed the Appeal in the Environment  Court. Residents were talked through the process and it was explained  that the Appeal would only proceed if it had the active support of the  local community. Following this people were asked to vote on whether to  proceed with the Appeal or not. The result was a near-unanimous vote to  go ahead”, says Ms Fairey.

“The  campaign to stop this badly placed development has strong support  across the community, and from a number of Local Board members in  Puketapapa and Maungakiekie-Tamaki. Local people are determined to have  their voice heard and we will be supporting them however we can in the  campaign ahead”, concludes Mr Wood.

ENDS

Contact:   Julie Fairey – 021-287-9900, Michael Wood – 0275-471-926

www.roskillcv.org.nz

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