Coun­cil wants East West Link de­lay

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TOM CARNEGIE

An Auck­land Coun­cil at­tempt to de­lay a ma­jor road­ing project has been met with op­po­si­tion by the city’s Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee has re­quested the New Zealand Trans­port Agency (NZTA) de­lay plans for the East West Link.

NZTA plans to lodge its re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion with the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity this month for the multi-mil­lion-dol­lar road­ing project.

The coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee re­quests the ap­pli­ca­tion is not lodged prior to Fe­bru­ary 2017.

De­spite this, an NZTA spokesper­son says the agency is go­ing ahead with plans to lodge the ap­pli­ca­tion in De­cem­ber.

Maun­gakiekie Coun­cil­lor and deputy chair, Denise Lee, tabled the de­lay re­quest pro­posal to the plan­ning com­mit­tee last week.

The mo­tion passed unan­i­mously.

The mo­tion said the de­lay would al­low more time for the One­hunga com­mu­nity to be con­sid­ered by NZTA.

Auck­land Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Michael Barnett said NZTA should keep its East West Link prom­ise and push on with its plans.

He said traf­fic con­ges­tion in the One­hunga-Penrose area was cost­ing freight op­er­a­tors mil­lions of dol­lars a year.

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Auck­land Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Barnett says NZTA needs to keep its East West Link prom­ise.

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