A warped Auckland council priority pointed out by Housing shortage…what housing shortage?? with eight properties including blocks of flats are to be demolished.
The NZH is reporting, that Auckland City Council has sent eviction notices to about 40 residents of council-owned properties in a quiet Royal Oak cul de sac..
Reason: so they can be demolished to make way for 44 carparks beside a park!!
And to make way for a playground.
The Herald on Sunday report: Kicked out of home for carparks
About 40 residents of Auckland’s council-owned properties face being kicked out of their homes to make way for 44 carparks.
Residents of a quiet Royal Oak cul de sac in Auckland have been told their council-owned flats and houses backing Monte Cecilia Park could go, possibly by December.
Eight properties – including blocks of flats – will be cleared to make way for 44 carparks to access a new playground, shown on plans for the reserve. Currently park users have to rely on streetside parks.
Letters have been sent to residents in homes and flats in Korma Rd telling them their properties will feature on park maps.
“Inclusion of this property on the map does not imply the public has access to your property but as the land has been purchased by Auckland Council and will become part of the park in the future it has been included in the map,” said the letter.
“We don’t have a firm date for the house removals but it is likely to be at the end of 2015 or during 2016.”
Auckland Council sports and parks manager Mark Bowater said the council had bought homes in Korma Rd between 2006 and 2011 under a strategic plan to develop the park. He said it could be some of the properties would be needed for carparking and a new playground.
A warped strategy.
Mangere Budgeting Services CEO Darryl Evans said losing housing for carparks was disgraceful. “Where are these 40 people going to go? Len Brown and the council need to rethink this one. There has not been enough thought into this decision.”
They could start their rethink by looking at this to see if they think the area is short of park space and play areas:
I guess people will have places to park their cars when they sleep in them. If they have cars.