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Major concerns at park
Standing guard: A policeman keeps watch at a cordon in Myers Park on the
morning of Steven Harris' fatal stabbing.
Photo: SEAN WILLIS
By EMMA WHITTAKER
IT IS hoped that the death of a man
in Myers Park will give impetus to
further safety upgrades.
Work is expected to get under
way early next year on the Waite-
mata Local Board s $3.1 million
Myers Park Development Plan
which includes upgrades to some of
the key entry points, lighting, park
furniture, as well as vegetation
management and lighting. Plans for
CCTV are also in the pipeline.
But the Mayoral Drive underpass
which runs through the park near
where 54-year-old Steven Harris
was fatally stabbed last Wednesday
night is not part of the programme.
It is under the control of Auck-
land Transport and the board is
in negotiations to transfer its
ownership so it can be upgraded.
Hopefully this will give it
impetus. Hopefully it s fast trac-
ked, board chairman Shale
Chambers says. It has been a
major area of concern. The general
feeling I get from residents is that
we will never fix Mayoral Drive
issues until we fix the underpass.
A 49-year-old man who has
interim name supersession was due
to appear in the Auckland High
Court today after being charged
with the murder of Mr Harris.
He appeared in the Auckland Dis-
trict Court on Saturday after hand-
ing himself in to police the day
The park remained closed after
the incident until Friday afternoon
while ESR and a police specialist
search team combed the area.
Acting Detective Inspector John
Sutton says a number of items of
interest have been found which are
being forensically tested.
He is still unable to say what may
have transpired between the victim
and his alleged attacker.
Auckland City Police commander
Inspector Andrew Coster says
Myers Park is regularly patrolled by
officers. We are actively involved in
monitoring it but we cleary can t be
there all the time.
It s probably simplistic to say the
problems are only about a location.
There are a range of issues we re
trying to tackle. Myers Park would
be just one of a number of locations
we are interested in.
We re obviously very pleased the
local board has seen fit to invest in
safety, he says.
Car parking 'madness' irks Pt Chev residents
By EMMA WHITTAKER
Parking woes: Dignan St
resident Hannah Clarke at
the closed Bangor St car
park. Her street gets
packed with cars on big
Photo: EMMA WHITTAKER
We'll look at the
are some good ones.
Peter Haynes, chairman
Albert-Eden Local Board
Lorraine Burns is sick and tired of
the madness that arrives on her
street with most sunny public
holidays or when there is an event
on in neighbouring Coyle Park.
The Bangor St resident is asking
users of the park and Pt Chevalier
Beach to be considerate when they
park on residential streets.
On the worst occasions residents
driveways are blocked and drivers
park as many as five abreast on
both sides of the road -- on the foot-
path, grass verge and roadside --
completely plugging it.
It s just madness, it causes major
dramas. People just don t care.
All the residents are happy for
people to come, but be considerate of
the people who have to live here.
Hannah Clarke lives further
away from the park on Dignan St
and says it s a similar situation
there on big event days.
There is a carpark on Bangor St
with around 40 spaces but it has
been closed for a number of years
because it became a hotspot for boy
On Saturday the Albert-Eden
Local Board will start consulting
residents on plans to refurbish it..
Ms Burns says refurbishing the
car park won t be sufficient.
It s not 20 or 30 parks that are
needed, thousands of people need
parking spaces, she says.
Since the beach was widened a
lot more people are coming and it
puts pressure on Harbour View Rd.
Last summer the local board
installed two pontoons at the beach
which Ms Burns says have been
It s been great, she says.
But there hasn t been the fore-
sight to provide parking.
What we hope is that the board
will undertake thorough consul-
tation on the whole issue.
Residents suggested solutions
include having Auckland Transport
parking wardens on the road when
big events are on and having
residents parking permits.
Ms Burns presented the ideas to
the local board at its September 4
Chairman Peter Haynes says a
decision to move the Big Gay Out
and other summer music events
away from the park should alleviate
a e chunk of the residents concerns.
We ll look at the suggestions,
there are some good ones.
If all of those residents have
gone to the trouble of putting their
minds to it why wouldn t we?
He says the Bangor St car park
refurbishment would help.
Thirty to 40 car parks is not an
The car park would need to be
better designed to prevent problems
of crime and boy racers returning,
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