The new face of Silverdale and Orewa

CARALISE TRAYES
Last updated 11:13 06/09/2012
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BETTER LINKS: Getting out of Silverdale township to head south is ridiculous at the moment, Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt says.

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Major roading and transport developments are set to change the face of Silverdale and Orewa.

Both suburbs will be directly linked about mid-2013 with access through Millwater to Grand Dr.

The road will run through an area called Arran Hills and is expected to be used mainly by Millwater people. "There are 180 residents living in Millwater and the demand for sections outweighs supply," property salesman Nick Hornby says.

The area is expected to eventually house about 10,000 people.

Millwater developers are also responsible for the Wainui south-facing motorway interchange ramps.

"The developer is required under an agreement to complete different infrastructure projects at various stages of the development before further sections are released," Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt says.

"I would have preferred that there was more certainty as to when that would happen.

"The work is vital and needed now."

Mr Hornby says the design planning for the on and off ramps is under way and he expects them to be ready for use within three years.

But the connection between East Coast Rd and Curley Ave in Silverdale is unlikely to be done for at least another seven years.

Auckland Transport media liaison Mark Hannan says a contract for a feasibility study will probably be awarded at the end of this month.

"Getting from the investigation to the design stage will only happen when the money becomes available," Mr Hannan says.

Ms Parfitt says the connection is a good way of accessing the existing retail part of Silverdale.

"At the moment, to get out of Silverdale township and head south is ridiculous," she says. "You have to go backwards to go forwards."

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