Communities along the Owairaka-Waterview SH20 motorway route have yet again been thrown into unacceptable uncertainty.
The decision by new Transport Minister Steven Joyce to review the tunnel and motorway options for the SH20 link between Mt Roskill and Waterview once again puts the affected communities in a state of anxiety and uncertainty.
Owairaka, Mt Albert, Avondale and Waterview residents have suffered years of stress and argument over the route and form of this motorway, and thought that the decision by Transit to opt for a tunnel provided them with assurance and the ability to get on with their lives.
Now everyone’s lives are once again on hold while yet more reports are written on other motorway options that have already been canvassed and rejected by Transit in the past few years.
We’ve suffered years without proper facilities like parks, children’s playgrounds, recreation features and toilet blocks because of indecision over the nature of this motorway, and now the minister wants it all to start again.
This stop-start, yes-no Third World-style planning is completely unacceptable for communities who want to get on with their lives, and improve their properties and neighbourhoods without the threat of everything being bulldozed and turned into tarseal.
It’s just a pity that the minister isn’t reviewing the building of this motorway against the overwhelming desire of Aucklanders for a modern public transport system which is so lacking across our region.
PHIL CHASE Deputy chairman
Eden Albert Community Board