Villa removal plan sets off alarm

Wednesday 25 August 2004

Herne Bay residents are fighting to prevent two renovated villas being removed only weeks after a similar uproar in Parnell.

By The Landlord

Angry residents have formed the Herne Bay Peninsula Group and collected 182 signatures calling on the Auckland City Council to stop development at 15 and 17 Galatea Tce until the district plan is strengthened to preserve special character areas. The group will present a petition to the council tomorrow.

Galatea Tce resident Ingrid Galloway said the area was a character zone which had strict rules for additions and alterations but locals were horrified to find there was nothing to stop houses being removed or demolished.

The case follows the ongoing battle by Parnell residents to stop an Edwardian home in St Stephens Ave being removed so apartments can be built and a struggle by campaigner Allan Matson to save the inner-city Fitzroy Hotel from demolition. It comes two weeks before the council's much-heralded Heritage Week.

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