More spent on reports
Reports on Queen St bus lanes have cost ratepayers $40,000 more than revealed last week.
The Auckland City Council has spent more than $116,000 on proposals, reports and peer reviews into the project.
Last week the council detailed the costs at just under $75,000.
But figures released to councillor Cathy Casey show another three reports, at a cost of more than $40,000, were also commissioned.
And the council wouldn’t reveal costs of a further report into parking in the CBD.
Dr Casey says she’s concerned the full amount may not yet be known.
“I don’t know what the final total is going to come to but it could be as much as $1 million. That’s ridiculous.”
She says costs should be made clear when reports are approved by council committees.
Transport committee chairman Ken Baguley says the figures first given out only included work by the transport department.
The missing reports were carried out by the CBD group.
The work was approved by the previous Dick Hubbard-led council, with the first five reports carried out between February 2006 and August 2007.
Peer reviews of those reports, prompted by concerns from Queen St businesses and retailers, were carried out in December and March.
“When there was a change of council that process was already under way,” Mr Baguley says.
The transport committee shelved the bus lane proposal earlier this month based on the report findings that it would have little benefit.
But members approved spending another $500,000 on a wider study into central city transport issues, to be completed by December 2009.