Residents gear up to fight as confidentiality issues raised

Residents adjacent to the proposed Waiuku Sports Park development have emphasised their concerns over draft plans in a written statement signed by around 30 neighbours.
The letter follows a flyer drop by one of the neighbours in the area prior to a meeting of the Rugby Club members recently, a flyer which has been described by Franklin Local Board deputy chair Jill Naysmith as a serious breach of confidentiality.
The flyer showed a plan for a two lane access way running from Waiuku’s King Street, past the rugby clubrooms and onto Waiuku College grounds, linking up with the College gymnasium.
Jill Naysmith says the draft was a ‘very early’ concept and one of around six options put forward for the College, Council and the Rugby Club to consider as they developed options for the sports park.
Around $2.5 million has been set aside to develop initial stages of the sports park development, and concerns have been raised that if this process is derailed, that funding may not be ratified in the Auckland Council plan, and could be lost altogether.
But Franklin Local Board chairman Andy Baker says he is absolutely confident that the funds will remain available for the project.
“As is the case with all LTP (Long Term Plan) processes every three years, undelivered projects outside the current three year term are up for review. This was the case for this funding and it was one of our priorities when working with the Governing Body of the next LTP period,” Andy says.
“In saying that, the actual draft LTP will not be absolutely ratified until 25 June but I am absolutely confident nothing will change.”
Andy says development of the detailed design and determination of exactly what will happen – done in conjunction with Council, Rugby Club as major landowner, College as major land owner and facility owner, is still underway.
But local residents on King Street, Churchill Terrace and Azalea Place say they are strongly opposed to any proposal which sees any road and additional parking at the College beside their properties.
Jill Naysmith says the project needs community support, and adds that the plans being discussed are trying to create what the O’Hara family originally wanted when they made land available for the project.
She says if there are any issues with the proposals, then they need to be talked out with the local board, rather than through ‘misguided people who haven’t even spoken with us.’
The Post spoke with Pat Dwyer, chairman of Waiuku Rugby, who said the club’s position is that they are serious about being part of the overall project, but have not signed off on any particular concept.
He confirmed that the proposals discussed did include access through the rugby club to the College gymnasium, but said there were only very generic figures and costings discussed.

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