Central Leader : February 11th 2011
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From left: Gerald Anthony, Maurice Collins and Puketapapa board member Julie Fairey. Photo: JASON OXENHAM PLANS by retail giant The Warehouse to develop a store in Royal Oak have been slammed by the Auckland Council. Official documents released this week reveal consultants recommend a proposal to build the big Red Shed at 100 Pah Rd be declined. This development will not provide for the social, cul- tural and economic wellbeing of residents in the Royal Oak area,'' the report says. The decision is welcome news for local board members and residents who have spoken out against the proj- ect over the past few months. It's heartening to see the official council report also rec- ommends it be declined,'' Puketapapa Local Board member Julie Fairey says. The proposal is now subject to a hearing chaired by inde- pendent commissioners next week who will decide whether it can proceed. Plans include a 7500- square-metre complex with three adjacent retail shops, more than 400 carparks, removal of several prominent trees and the widening of Pah Rd.The report states some issues, like noise and visual pollution, won't have adverse effects on the neighbourhood but it concludes the negatives outweigh any advantages that might come from the project. The lack of inte- gration with the existing town centre, which is less than 800 metres from the site, is particularly criticised. From an urban form per- spective, the structure and location of this new satellite centre has the very real potential to dilute the import- ance and identity of the existing Royal Oak town cen- tre.'' Consultants also stressed there would be more than minor effects for heritage trees on Mt Albert Rd. While the council has rec- ommended the project be declined, concerns regarding traffic and pedestrian safety for the busy Pah and Mt Albert roads were largely dis- missed in the report. Transport advisers say mediation with The Ware- house could resolve the issue of limited parking on Pah Rd, and a pedestrian refuge mid- way across the street should satisfy safety requirements. The recommendations come as a relief for residents Gerald Anthony and Maurice Collins. It's nice to know we have been listened to -- it gives people hope,'' Mr Anthony says. But both live on Pah Rd, and say that traffic concerns still haven't been adequately addressed. Ms Fairey and Puketapapa board member Michael Wood are urging other residents to contact them and sign a pet- ition. They say it is encouraging to receive the report but the biggest hurdle is still to come. We're a little nervous because we know that despite all parties being against the proposal, it could still be approved -- as happened in the Balmoral McDonalds case,'' Ms Fairey says. The Warehouse did not respond to requests for com- ment. Commuters try cycling to support bike month By KELSEY FLETCHER Auckland commuters will be turning to two wheels when they take part in the annual Go By Bike Day on Wednesday. The event is one of a series of cycling festivals taking place throughout February for Bike Wise Month with New Zealanders being encouraged to bike to work or school instead of going in the car. Cycle action co- chairwoman Barbara Cuth- bert says Bikewise Month has been popular so far. I've seen people out cyc- ling already. They use it to get themselves going for the year,'' she says. There will be a free break- fast, events and entertain- ment on the Viaduct Harbour from 6.30am until 9am with cycle buses travelling along Dominion Rd, Tamaki Drive and the north-western cycleway to the event. Businesses and organis- ations are also being encour- aged to take part in The Bike Wise Challenge to promote healthy living, cheaper trans- portation and an enjoyable experience. New Zealand Transport Agency road user behaviour manager Michael Cummins says the challenge is convinc- ing people to give cycling a go. All you have to do to take part is ride for 10 minutes, or 2km, at any point during the month. Organisations with the greatest participation will win some great prizes,'' he says. The competition is open to any company or organisation of similar size in New Zea- land to challenge each other in their region. At the end figures show which company got the highest percentage of staff in the saddle. Ms Cuthbert says she's looking forward to the break- fast and seeing cyclists wear- ing ordinary clothes instead of the normal lycra suits. It just shows how cycling is becoming part of everyday life. You don't have to put on special clothes for it, you just get on your bike and go,'' she says. Last year more than 18,000 participants signed up for the Bike Wise Challenge. Visit www.bikewise. co.nz for more information.
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