North Shore Times : February 21st 2103
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 NEWS Sunday 3 March 11am - 3pm Pinehurst School 75 Bush Road - Albany All Welcome Have a go @ your chosen sport FREE ENTRY www.sportexpotheoutsidein.com Have you ever been put • off by ACC? Are you entitled to a lump sum? • Are you reviewing or appealing • an ACC decision? Have you had surgery • cost declined? Call 09 578 0917 Andrew Cadenhead Accident Compensation Law Specialist www.acclaw.co.nz ACCIDENT COMPENSATION PROBLEMS Residents win battle By MARNIE HALLAHAN A win: Debbie Dunsford and Norma Bott of the Milford Residents Association are celebrating the news that Milford will remain high-rise free. IT'S A great day for communities, Milford Residents Association chai- rwoman Debbie Dunsford says. Plans for a high-rise tower devel- opment in Milford Village have been declined by an independent hearings panel. After five years of fighting devel- oper New Zealand Retail Group's private plan change to allow apart- ment towers reaching up to 16 storeys, the people of Milford are breathing a huge sigh of relief''. It's great that the process actu- ally works and it's not just those with the deepest pockets getting their way,'' Mrs Dunsford says. More than 3800 submissions were received on the plan change -- an indication of the overwhelming public opposition. The people of Milford instinc- tively knew that this was wrong and we've fought an uphill battle,'' she says. We see this as a great dollop of common sense.'' Residents argued that the tower block development of 235 apart- ments would be out of character for the village and that the current infrastructure wouldn't cope. In the decision documents the chairman of the hearings panel David Hill says that the scale of the proposed development is signifi- cantly different to the future plans for the surrounding residential area. The issue here is not whether Milford should be an intensified town centre but whether this plan change appropriately facilitates that end,'' Mr Hill says. New Zealand Retail Group chair- man Mr Gunton was not able to comment within our deadline but in comments made to the North Shore Times last year he disagreed with the stance taken by residents. We can't live in a society where nothing changes and it's all older people and the young people leave the country. If we listened to public opinion all the time nothing would ever get done.'' But councillor Anne Hartley challenged the developers over their claims that apartment towers fulfilled Auckland Council's future intensification plans. Ms Hartley says this decision reinforces the direction of council that high-rise towers were never intended for town centres. Council have never proposed anything like this and we realise that scale and bulk and urban design are very important.'' She says misinformation and scaremongering mean people worry that they will wake up to 15-storey towers next door, which is not the case. The people of Milford have spent many years and many dollars fight- ing the plan change, something Mrs Dunsford says has almost been too much for them to bear. It's too much of an imposition for a community to have to fight these private plan changes,'' she says. Now they have a clean slate, Mil- ford can look forward, and concen- trate on having their views heard for the council's Unitary Plan, she says. Armed invasion in Glenfield Two Glenfield residents have been left extremely shaken'' after a late night armed home invasion. North Shore Police are investigating the incident which occurred at a house on Seaview Rd about 11pm on February 18. Detective Sergeant Scott Armstrong says at least two people arrived at the house unannounced and an alter- cation occurred with the occupants, during which time a firearm was discharged. The offenders then fled in at least two vehicles, one of which may have been a stationwagon. Mr Armstrong says the occupants of the house were uninjured but extremely shaken''. An investigation was being carried out. Police are seeking infor- mation from members of the public who may have been in the Seaview Rd area and who may have seen the incident or the vehicles leaving the area. Anyone with any information can contact police on 477 5000 or anonymously on Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111. Parents pick up walk-alone toddler A toddler found wandering the streets of Takapuna in nappies before dawn yester- day has been reunited with his parents. The 4-year-old Samoan boy was picked up by a passer-by who found him walking along Lake Rd. Police spent the morning with the boy before handing him over to staff at Child Youth and Family in Taka- puna. Shortly before 8.30am the boy's aunt con- tacted police when she noticed him missing. A police spokesperson says the boy and his family had arrived in New Zealand at around 2am from Samoa before spending the night at the aunt's North Shore home. Everyone had naturally slept in after their late night arrival which is why it took so long for the family to notify police.'' This spokesperson says he appeared to be in good spirits throughout the ordeal, tearing up'' the police station and becoming upset only once his adven- ture had come to an end.
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