Fore­shore safe from bull­doz­ing

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - TOM CARNEGIE

The NZTA will not bull­doze any part of a $30 mil­lion fore­shore restora­tion in con­struct­ing a new mo­tor­way con­nec­tion.

The East-West Con­nec­tion is an ini­tia­tive that aims to ad­dress is­sues with trans­port be­tween ma­jor in­dus­trial hubs of Auck­land city - part of it is im­prov­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween One­hunga and Pen­rose.

NZME orig­i­nally re­ported NZTA is propos­ing to cre­ate a 5.5km road that would run through the re­cently de­vel­oped One­hunga fore­shore.

Fol­low­ing the ar­ti­cle NZTA re­leased a state­ment say­ing it has no in­ten­tion of bull­doz­ing or un­do­ing any of the work it car­ried out in con­struct­ing the fore­shore.

‘‘The East West project will not undo any of the work that the Trans­port Agency funded and is proud to have helped com­plete in Novem­ber last year to re­con­nect the One­hunga com­mu­nity with the fore­shore again,’’ NZTA Auck­land high­way man­ager Brett Glid­don says.

Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Lo­cal Board chair Si­mon Ran­dall says the fore­shore was fu­ture-proofed to ac­com­mo­date for the con­struc­tion of the East-West Con­nec­tion.

‘‘We knew about the East-West Con­nec­tion be­fore we car­ried out the restora­tion of the fore­shore and it was ac­counted for it in the de­sign.

‘‘There is no way there will be a mo­tor­way through it and we have worked with NZTA from the early stages on this.’’

Ran­dall says State High­way 20 will be widened but it will be within the ex­ist­ing des­ig­na­tion.

Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Coun­cil­lor Denise Krum says she is not a fan of the cur­rent NZTA pro- posal as she be­lieves it will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on One­hunga port.

The wharf is be­ing tar­geted by Panuku De­vel­op­ment Auck­land for the same kind of rein­ven­tion as down­town Auck­land’s Wyn­yard Quar­ter.

‘‘I am very in­ter­ested in the de­sign that the One­hunga Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion have made pub­lic which pays very close at­ten- tion to the fu­ture of the port.’’

One­hunga En­hance­ment So­ci­ety chair Jim Jack­son is call­ing for a mas­ter plan to be put into place that takes into ac­count all ma­jor de­vel­op­ments oc­cur­ring in the area.

Glid­don says NZTA is work­ing closely with Auck­land Coun­cil and Panuku and it will not block ac­cess to any fu­ture port de­vel­op­ment.

TOM CARNEGIE / FAIR­FAX NZ.

The One­hunga fore­shore re­de­vel­op­ment cost $30 mil­lion.

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