Pressure on council
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That plan has since been withdrawn and a new design for the motorway was submitted to the council in June.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.
Beach bid: Onehunga Enhancement Society chairman Jim Jackson is hoping a redevelopment plan for the Onehunga foreshore will be approved by the council tomorrow.