Pres­sure on coun­cil

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

Cam­paign­ers for restora­tion of the One­hunga fore­shore will turn out in force to sup­port their cause at the Auck­land City Coun­cil to­mor­row.

Res­i­dents want coun­cil­lors to ap­prove a $20 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment as part of the State High­way 20 widen­ing project.

“We’ve got to keep the pres­sure on,” says One­hunga En­hance­ment So­ci­ety chair­man Jim Jack­son.

“The com­mu­nity over the years has been brow­beaten and down­trod­den, but there’s a cul­ture com­ing through now that says we’re not go­ing to put up with it.”

The city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee will con­sider a restora­tion plan for fore­shore and open spa­ces close to the mo­tor­way.

At the same time, coun­cil com­mis­sion­ers are pre­par­ing a re­sponse to the out­line plan for the mo­tor­way work, fol­low­ing a hear­ing last week.

But the coun­cil has lim­ited power to force changes with­out tak­ing NZTA, for­merly Tran­sit, to the En­vi­ron­ment Court.

City de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee chair­man Pe­seta Sam Lotu-Iiga says the pro­posed restora­tion also falls out­side the scope of the plan.

“There’s noth­ing there about what I would con­sider proper restora­tion of the fore­shore and beach ar­eas,” he says.

If en­dorsed to­mor­row, the coun­cil will ask the Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil and NZTA will con­trib­ute to the work.

“I think it’s come to a head now and we need to put pres­sure on ARC and NZTA for an op­ti­mal out­come for the area,” Mr Lo­tuIiga says. “Coun­cil now needs to act.” The $20m pro­posal was de­vel­oped last year in re­sponse to a wide-reach­ing mo­tor­way de­sign, which in­cluded har­bour recla­ma­tion work.

That plan has since been with­drawn and a new de­sign for the mo­tor­way was sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil in June.

Of­fi­cers de­vel­oped a small­er­scale $11m pro­posal in line with the new out­line plan.

But the re­port to to­mor­row’s meet­ing rec­om­mends the more ex­pen­sive approach and seek­ing ex­tra fund­ing from NZTA.

The meet­ing is held at 9.30am on the 15th floor, Civic Build­ing, 1 Greys Ave.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Beach bid: One­hunga En­hance­ment So­ci­ety chair­man Jim Jack­son is hop­ing a re­de­vel­op­ment plan for the One­hunga fore­shore will be ap­proved by the coun­cil to­mor­row.

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