Muddy winter reserve work angers locals

Paremoremo residents are outraged at the way North Shore City Council is handling work at Sanders Reserve.

Earthworks are under way on the 38-hectare coastal reserve to create an area for mountain biking, horse riding, a visitor centre, refreshment kiosk and carpark.

Resident Ray Nicholls is among residents who say the council is rushing the project and can’t understand why work started in winter.

Parks manager Martin van Jaarsveld says the council is completing the new park in small sections and isn’t rushing the project.

They expect the bike tracks to be complete in spring.

Early last month a resident living near Sanders Reserve complained to the Auckland Regional Council about sediment-laden water running on to a nearby road.

Staff visited the site and found there were no erosion or sediment controls in place, says the regional council.

The regional council says the city council agreed to undertake measures to prevent sediment water and would start completing the track in smaller doses and no further action was required.

Albany Community Board deputy chairman Andy Riley sent a letter to the city council asking why they started the work without sediment controls in place. He can’t understand why they started earthworks in such bad weather.

Other residents said that starting construction in winter was expensive and causing disruption in the area.

Mr van Jaarsveld says it does not make a difference financially starting in winter.

Sanders Reserve is a peninsula surrounded by a tidal estuary of the Waitemata Harbour.

Resident Emma Williamson says it is a beautiful piece of land but the way the construction has been handled is disappointing.

"It’s just a shame."

The reserve plans have stirred up many locals since the draft management plan emerged in 2005. The land was sold to the council for $3.1 million in 2002.

North Shore Times