Objector keeps ‘forlorn hope’ as tunnel decision looms
“Steven Joyce is holding a gun to your head,” she told board members.
“You are being asked to make a $1.4b decision.”
She says the recent allocation of $8.7b for transport can be used to make sustainable decisions.
Agency chairman Brian Roche told residents the board would listen to concerns in the interests of sound decision-making.
“I think we need to refl on what we hear. It’s a challenging position for us.”
Agency project director Clive Fuhr says more than 9000 brochures have been circulated in the community. He says of the 465 responses received, 42 percent were in favour of early completion of the Western Ring Route while 44 percent were against it.
Mr Fuhr says the Auckland City Council, Waitakere City Council, Auckland Regional Council and Rodney District Council all support early completion.
“Community groups all opposed the proposed option.”
He says suggestions for mitigation include replacement of parks and reserves, closing the gap between tunnels, improving cycleway and walkway links and fair property compensation.
But Auckland city councillor Cathy Casey says the government should go back to the drawing board.
Wat er v iew Pr ima r y School board member Rob Black says the roll is dropping as parents decide to send their children to other schools.
“My daughter will be living next to a construction zone for five years of her primary school life.”