Land sale proceeds

Auckland Council’s plan to sell an 809sqm piece of land at 8 Hiwi Crescent (opposite Scott Road) in Whangaparaoa has again been deferred by the local board.

The Auckland Transport board resolved in November 2015 that the site was no longer required for transport related purposes and it was transferred to CCO Panuku Development Auckland, which handles the sale process.

The proposal to sell the land, which has a Capital Value of $530,000, was brought to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board a year ago and so far deferrals have stopped it proceeding any further.

At last week’s meeting, the proposal to sell the site was once again put before the board for endorsement and again deferred.

It is clear that the deferrals are not because it is a particularly valuable, or useful site. Currently a grassed area, it is the remainder of property acquired by the former Rodney District Council in 1998 for the purpose of its Whangaparaoa Road Widening Project.

However, at last week’s meeting local board members expressed their frustration at the lack of background information supplied by Auckland Transport.

The fact that local ratepayers paid for the land, yet the proceeds of sale will go into a regional pot and are unlikely to be invested locally is also a very sore point.

In deferring the matter for a further few months, the local board requested more information from Auckland Transport and also asked that the proceeds of sale be spent in this area.


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