FOR CIVIC AIRPORT
SURVEYS IN DISTRICT
Advantages of the Mangere district as the site for a municipal airport for Auckland were mentioned in letters from the acting-Controller of Civil Aviation, Wing-Commander J. M. Buckeridge, which were quoted in a report presented to last night's meeting of the City Council by the Mayor, Mr. Allum.
"The acting-Controller, in his first letter, states that the question of finding a site in the close vicinity of Auckland, suitable for development into an airport capable of handling all classes of internal traffic and of sufficient size to cope with possible* overseas requirements has been considered by his technical officers in collaboration with the aerodromes section of the Public Works Department," stated Mr. Allum. "A preliminary general survey tends to confirm the original opinion that the Mangere area is the most favourable site for a major internal aerodrome, and one capable of possible further development to the ultimate requirements of large international services. The prime advantages of Mangere are unobstructed approaches and freedom from conditions of poor visibility."
These particular advantages, it had been noted, deteriorated as one approached the Onehunga and Otahuhu areas, continued Mr. Allum. A site existed west of Mangere aerodrome and it was possible that there might be a site suitable for development south-east of Mount Mangere and south of the upper Manukau harbour. The latter area possessed all the disadvantages for the approach procedure found by flying tests to obtain over the Otahuhu reclamation locality.
Preliminary Survey Only
In the layout prepared for the Mangere aerodrome, the provision of parallel runways fitted easily into the general scheme and would involve no special additional expenditure in the initial stages.
The remarks made by WingCommander Buckeridge were not-.to be taken as. the finally considered opinions of his department, as only a preliminary survey had been made to date, continued Mr. Allum. To investigate the matter fully would involve the employment of a field staff to carry out detailed surveys and the cost of this work would, run into several thousand pounds.
"Wing - Commander Buckeridge adds that the report submitted by officials of the Auckland Aero Club has been perused with interest and it can be said that it is also the opinion of officers of his department that the most likely and promising locality for the development of a major airport for Auckland is in the district between the present aerodrome at Mangere and Mangere Bridge at Onehunga," said Mr. Allum. "Whether a more suitable site can be found capable of relatively easy development to the full size of an overseas airport, class A, in the area between these sites now reported on by the Publie Works Department and Mangere Bridge has not been established nor ruled out. Any definite suggestion for an actual site that could be brought forward by the Aero Club or other interested parties would be welcomed and further investigated."
General Locality Decided
In a second letter, continued Mr. Allum, the acting Controller pointed out that, now some conclusion, not necessarily final, had been reached as to the general locality of the site, it was desired that actual field surveys be undertaken. Although Cabinet had advised the council that Whenuapai would be made available in" the immediate post-war period for use by overseas civilian transport aircraft, his department believed that every step should be proceeded with to decide on the location and construction details'of the proposed new airport, even if its development might be deferred until a more appropriate and convenient period. Mr. Allum said the letters from Wing-Commander Buckeridge had been considered at joint meetings of the council's works and town planning committees on July 12 and July 19. The latter meeting had been attended by representatives of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, the Auckland Aero Club and the Automobile Association (Auckland).
These representatives agreed with the proposal to further investigate the Mangere site, said Mr. Allum, the only point in dispute being the distance of the site from the city. He had explained, however, that with the development of the eastern outlet, the improvement of existing street systems, and the proposed suburban railway development, the travelling time between the site and the. city would be considerably less than it was at the present time.
The council adopted Mr. Allum's recommendation that the Government be asked to carry out the actual field surveys and engineering investigation necessary at the Mangere aerodrome. It was also agreed that the council would contribute towards 50 per cent of the total cost of the work on the basis of the mean of rateable capital value and population spread over the metropolitan local bodies.
The Mayor said he proposed calling a conference of local body representatives on August 16, to ascertain whether they would be prepared to contribute to the cost of the survey.
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MANGERE SITE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945
MANGERE SITE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945
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