Eden Park's neighbours are restless

By Martha McKenzie-Minifie

A baby's dirty laundry got an airing at the Eden Park resource consent hearing yesterday as more residents gave their views on the proposed stadium redevelopment.

Four-month-old Edie Tunnicliff's father Nick told commissioners drying nappies on the line would be impossible during the three-year construction period because of dust and dirt.

Less sun and more noise would make working from home difficult for partner Kate Harwood, an artist, he said.

The family, who live in Raleigh St, would face a host of disruptions, said Mr Tunnicliff, as would others in the area.

Many homes around the stadium were populated by families, not the "middle-class whingers" suffering from "not in my backyard" syndrome as earlier reports suggested.

Eden Park Trust Board has applied to increase the stadium's capacity to 60,000 people before the Rugby World Cup 2011 and Cricket World Cup 2015.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service public health scientist Catia Delmiglio said the larger stadium would cast more shade and pose a health risk to its neighbours.

She said sunlight was essential for physiological health and the main source of Vitamin D.

"The most recent plans show a reduced number of properties affected by shading," said Ms Delmiglio.

"However, as long as there are any properties affected by shading, the inhabitants of these properties are being exposed to a health risk."

The service opposed resource consent until an appropriate mitigation package was proposed to residents.

Ashton Rd resident and architect Peter Eising said glare from the translucent face of the proposed stadium would " be a hazard and major nuisance" for motorists and pedestrians.

He said the modern look of the building would not sit well among the area's heritage villas.

Eden Park Neighbours' Association president Mark Donnelly countered the "you knew it was there when you bought" argument by listing changes to Eden Park, and sport in general, not foreseen 20 years ago.

He questioned the accuracy of some calculations in the board's application and said traffic would increase in the suburb and property values would drop.

Today is the final day scheduled for the hearing and will include representation from the trust board.

THE OBJECTORS

PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENTIST CATIA DELMIGLIO
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service employee says shade cast by a redeveloped stadium poses a health risk for neighbouring residents. Sunlight is essential to physiological health and the main source of Vitamin D and she opposes the resource consent until a mitigation package is offered.

ARCHITECT PETER EISING
This Ashton Rd resident says glare from the translucent face of the proposed stadium will "inevitably be a hazard and major nuisance" for motorists, pedestrians and people nearby.

RESIDENT NICK TUNNICLIFF
The father of 4-month-old Edie, who happily gurgled her way through the hearing yesterday, says hanging nappies on the line will be impossible for the proposed three years of construction because of dust and dirt.

RESIDENT MARK DONNELLY
A 15-minute, Friday night commute home is tripled when a rugby match is on, says the Eden Park Neighbours' Association president. The association has called for a study of traffic congestion around Eden Park as one of the points in its lengthy submission.

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