Western Leader : September 27th 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz 3 WESTERN LEADER, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 NEWS WITH HOLIDA PROGRAMME AND CAMPS Y AY ES E Y Y YS Book online at www.ymcaauckland.org.nz or call 0800 225 445 LOCATIONS AUCKLAND WIDE School holidays start October 10th Limited spaces available KEEP YOUR KIDS O BUSY 3992872AC North Memorials Ph: 838 3800 www.northmemorials.co.nz 342 Great North Rd, Henderson $3995 SPECIAL Try our Package Specials to suit your budget • FREE Lettering • FREE Artwork • FREE 8x10 oval ceramic photo • FREE installation • Conditions apply 3166123AU 10 Shamrock Drive, Kumeu. Tel: 412 8188 Open: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm Sat 9am - 12.30pm www.flooringxtra.co.nz NORTH WEST CRAZY STOCKTAKE PRICES Assorted styles, colours, textures Bring a trailer! on selected carpet and short ends While stocks last IN BRIEF Attempted arson Police are appealing for help from the public with an investigation into an attempted arson at Royal Heights Shopping Centre. The fire was lit next to two large 50kg LPG cylinders at the back of the shopping centre on September 18 at around 5.30am. A serious blaze was averted thanks to the quick actions of the Fire Service, but police say the crime is still of significant concern. The complex suffered minor damage but the storage area for the cylinders was extensively damaged. Call detective Nick Salter on 839-0600 or 0800-555-111. Driver robbed Police seeking information about the robbery of a taxi driver hope this man may be able to help. The driver was punched and his wallet was stolen on Garton Drive in Massey on September 11 at around 9am. Call constable Jackson Shewry on 839-0622. Kiwi of year Know a Kiwi who deserves some recognition? Nominations are being sought for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards for 2012. The awards are open to people anyone over the age of 15 and recognise people who have made a contribution to the nation. Nominations close October 14. Call 0508-692-927 or visit www.nzawards.org.nz or text ''nominate'' to 244 to nominate. Good fundraiser Organisers of Westie Wednesday say the fundraiser was a success. The Foundation for Youth Development held the dress- up event for the first time on September 14 and over 50 groups took part, raising around $5000 to put towards youth programmes. Visit www.fyd.org.nz. Big plan caught in traffic Red tape: Developer Vinod Kumar is frustrated at the delays he has faced since getting resource consent from the Auckland Council to build a Mitre 10 Mega store on the corner of Lincoln Rd and Central Park Drive. Photo: STEPHEN FORBES By STEPHEN FORBES SLOW GOING Auckland Transport already plans to widen Lincoln Rd by two lanes between the motorway and Universal Drive. The NZTA is working on a new interchange at the intersection of Lincoln Rd and State Highway 16. It says the work will help improve traffic flow and reduce congestion and is expected to be completed in 2013. Mr Kumar is also planning to build a second development, the four level Henderson Super Centre, on the site which will include commercial space. The resource consent application for the project has now been publicly notified. Magsons Hardware reached out of court settlements with three of the neighbouring land owners, Laidlaw College, Canam Corporate Holdings and Whitby Trust, who had appealed the council decision. A DEVELOPER'S plans to build what could be the biggest store in the country on the old Collards Vineyard site on the corner of Lincoln Rd and Central Park Drive are on hold because of traffic gridlock. Vinod Kumar owns Mag- sons Hardware and bought the 5.3 hectare site about four years ago. He wants to build a Mitre 10 Mega store with commer- cial office space on the prop- erty. His company also owns the existing Mitre 10 Mega store about 800 metres along Lin- coln Rd. The Waitakere City Coun- cil granted him resource con- sent in January last year but the NZ Transport Agency appealed against the decision on the grounds that the development will increase traffic congestion in the area. An Environment Court hearing was held in January and Mr Kumar proposed widening Central Park Drive by two lanes to alleviate the problem. The court released an interim decision on Sept- ember 1 calling for Mr Kumar to meet with Auckland Trans- port and the NZTA to discuss whether widening the road is possible and if it will address the traffic issues in the area before it can make a final decision. The interim decision says NZTA believes widening Cen- tral Park Drive will address most of the traffic congestion issues but not during the peak period between noon and 1pm on Saturdays. But the plan will still require approval from Auck- land Transport which is responsible for local roading projects. Mr Kumar says he's sick of waiting. He says Lincoln Rd is one of busiest roads in Auckland and traffic conges- tion is always going to be a problem. Our development will pro- duce 800 jobs,'' he says. Isn't that more important than traffic congestion? Who cares if people have to sit for five more minutes in their cars?'' Mr Kumar says he had to wait a year to have a hearing in the Environment Court and then another eight months for an interim decision. Mr Kumar's lawyer Stephen Brownhill says he will meet officials from Auck- land Transport this week. NZTA spokesman Ewart Barnsley says the agency is willing to look at Mr Kumar's proposal in more detail to see whether his plans to widen the road will offset the increased traffic the develop- ment will create. Auckland Transport spokeswoman Serena Benson says it doesn't currently have any plans to widen Central Park Drive but is waiting to speak to Mr Kumar about the issue. The Environment Court is expected to discuss the case's progress with the parties involved next month.
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