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Not only KFC

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The list of reasons for opposing the Basin flyover got bigger yesterday when the Environmental Protection Agency published all 212 submissions to the board of inquiry which will be making the final decision.

The most surprising revelation is the submission from KFC which says the flyover may force it to close [2] its fast-food shop in Kent Terrace because of dust and particles from construction of the 290-metre-long concrete flyover. KFC’s owners say that “given the stringent requirements that surround the quality of the food and dining environment,” they are concerned about contamination of food from dust-laden air and fumes.

Several blocks closer to the proposed flyover, Regional Wines and Spirits in Ellice Street have similar concerns. They ask for resource consent to be declined, not only because the flyover will generate dust, noise and vibration but also because it will decrease the store’s visibility and limit access for customers and delivery trucks.

The negative effects on businesses will equally be an issue for everyone who lives nearby.

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Residents of the Grandstand Apartments, which will be only eight metres from the flyover, state concerns about the increased noise, vibration, dust and smells, as well as adverse economic and health effects. They have realised that their quality of life will be affected by the raised traffic outside their south-facing windows.

The Mt Victoria Residents Association specifies the negative effects on Ellice Street, Brougham Street, Paterson Street, and Dufferin Street and it describes the consequences of wind-blown pollutants coming from the raised road. The Newtown Residents Association also opposes the flyover “because of the detrimental effects it will have on Newtown and the southern suburbs.” It adds: “Nowhere in the world has a highway flyover improved the surrounding city.”

The Architectural Centre warns that as more apartments are built, more residents will be affected by the visual, noise and wind effects of the concrete structure. It points out that the flyover will be out of scale with its neighbourhood, which does not have a cityscape capable of accommodating such a large and unappealing structure.

The Clyde Quay School Board describes concerns about environment safety and health. The St Marks School expects “significant adverse effects which are of grave concern to us” including not only pollution and noise but also financial losses during the three-year construction period if its access is blocked and parents decide to send their children to other schools.

Not everyone, of course, is unhappy. Councillor John Morrison keeps reminding us of his success in getting government money to build a pavilion so that cricketers don’t have to see the flyover. He hasn’t accepted that if it’s bad for a few cricketers, it’s equally bad for everyone else as well. But there’s no way of hiding the flyover from the rest of us.

You can read all 212 flyover submissions here [4].