Central Leader - - Letters -

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

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