Bureta Residents are upset they haven’t been given a chance to have a say on the development of Kulim Park.
The Tauranga City Council consulted on the development, but residents say they weren’t consulted on the final design for the park.
The design plan includes resolving drainage issues, connecting shared paths, consolidating vehicle access and reinforcing harbour connection.
But John Little and Paul Clarke, representing residents of more than 50 nearby properties in a Neighbourhood Watch, say the redevelopment plan is seriously flawed and does not meet the space criteria.
They told the council’s Community and Culture Committee they are concerned the development work will be starting within the month and public consultation has not been taken into account.
“How come the public has been left out of the design process,” questions John.
“Our biggest concern is that the tender has been awarded and work is expected to start in three weeks.
“It’s not fit for purpose, appears to be extremely expensive and from what we can see, it’s over budget.
“The park is fully functional at the moment, it has some misgivings with things that can be easily addressed such as flooding, car parking and a dedicated boardwalk.
“Roading will be ripped up and a pathway put through it. There will be new car parking in what is dedicated greenspace.
“There is a need to keep the existing greenbelt, maintain open space and have a dedicated cycle way.”
Paul says Campervans will have to navigate around a drain garden.
“The proposed road position and campervan areas are a fail. There’s a need to go back to the drawing board.
“The existing park is fine, it just needs a little tweak. It’s not broken.”