Bayswater marina meeting planned

20:37, Mar 16 2014

North Shore MP Maggie Barry plans to host an "inclusive" public meeting on Bayswater Marina's future.

Ms Barry says she's not "pushing any barrels" on the debate about a possible 125 apartment development.

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson, marina owner Simon Herbert and Auckland mayor Len Brown are among the speakers she hopes to attract.

The speakers don't reflect a pro-development stance, Ms Barry says.

"Not at all. I have never said I was in favour of the development."

But she does think people don't understand marina issues.

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"The jury is out for a lot people. They need a forum to hear all sides of the story."

Separate meetings have already been held by the developer and opponents Bayswater Community Committee.

Ms Barry say she will invite the community committee to speak and will chair the meeting giving "fair and equal" time for debate.

The public meeting follows hot debate on Bayswater Marina.

A deal that saw the marina company buy the freehold to reclaimed marina land for $3.7 million from the Crown is among issues causing anger.

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and the community committee say it was a secretive deal that saw the land sold too cheaply.

Ms Barry hopes the Land Information Minister can attend to explain the process.

North Shore Times