Council 'ignores' station opposition

JESS ETHERIDGE
Last updated 09:19 27/12/2012
Z Station
JESS ETHERIDGE

STATION PLAN: The proposed Z service station would be built on the corners of Gladstone and Onewa roads.

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Residents opposing a 24-hour Z service station in Northcote claim Auckland Council has ignored their submissions against it.

The proposed station and six retail shops would be built at 119 Onewa Rd, on the corner of Gladstone Rd, next to St Mary's Catholic Church and primary school on the same side as the west-bound T3 transit lane.

All 52 submitters were against the plan when public hearings took place earlier this month and in November, however, several people who live on streets around the site claim they have been left out.

Seaview Ave resident Marissa Muirhead, who has lived opposite the site for ten years, said she only found out about the proposal through her children's school.

The council website said her submission was received but she later discovered it hadn't been.

Muirhead knows of others whose submissions were also sent on time but not counted. She was invited to a public hearing on December 14, but wasn't granted time to speak.

"What's the point if I can go but not speak?"

Residents Greg and Linda Martin made individual submissions online but only one was received.

There is a "flaw in their online process", Linda said. She also knew of at least two others whose submissions were not counted.

Greg, a member of St Mary's board of trustees, said the council told those whose submissions were missed out on to present their cases with those who had been included.

A council spokesperson said eight late submissions were received and six accepted.

The council is yet to decide what to do with the two remaining late submissions.

"We're not currently aware of any technical fault in our online submission process that would have resulted in the council not receiving submissions made online," the spokesperson said.

An investigation is under way into why some submissions were not received.

Residents living opposite the Onewa Rd side were notified on September 27, the council said.

Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman and Kaipatiki Local Board oppose the development.

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