Ob­jec­tor keeps ‘for­lorn hope’ as tun­nel de­ci­sion looms

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“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.”

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