Apologies to Carol that I did not pick this up earlier. Thanks to her for her support on this issue, and for submitting on the proposal.
December 15th 2010 Media Statement:
Residents must be heard about site for The Warehouse
“I agree with local residents who attended a meeting organised by Roskill Community Voice members of the Puketapapa Local Board that the implications of locating The Warehouse in Royal Oak are significant and the community have had a wholly inadequate opportunity to have their say on the application for Resource Consent” said Labour MP Carol Beaumont
“Local residents will face major implications with issues like increased traffic and noise of an operation which it is proposed will operate from 7am to 10pm 7 days a week. Mt Albert and Pah Roads are already very busy arterial routes that become very congested at peak hours”
“I believe the process to date is completed flawed with many in the community still unaware of the proposal and its implications despite the efforts of the Roskill Community Voice members of the Puketapapa Local Board. Only one public advertisement and direct notification to a limited number of residents meant most of the community have missed the opportunity to make submissions on the application for resource consent”
“I personally submitted for an extension to the submission period and will appear before the hearings panel. I am extremely disappointed to hear that The Warehouse has used new Resource Management Act powers to demand that no local representatives are on that hearings panel.”
“The packed meeting last night, attended by representatives of both the Puketapapa and Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Boards, is the start of a community campaign to ensure local residents concerns are heard. I will be doing what I can to assist this campaign as I don’t believe it is acceptable to deny those directly affected by a major development such as this from having their say.”