Coun­cil cans Fjord turn

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Rates will rise 2.7 per cent on aver­age this year af­ter a last-minute Fjord turn­around re­moved $100,000 from Porirua City Coun­cil’s An­nual Plan bud­get last Wed­nes­day.

The money had been ear­marked for in­stalling a right-hand turn or round­about al­low­ing ac­cess from Whit­ford Brown Ave to Aotea’s Fjord block.

Coun­cil­lors Denys Latham, Euon Mur­rell and Liz Kelly voted to keep the pro­ject, but were de­feated by nine votes against.

A fur­ther $70,000 bud­geted for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Fjord turn­ing will re­main in the An­nual Plan, but Bron­wyn Kropp pro­posed its scope be widened to in­clude busy and danger­ous Whit­ford Brown Ave in­ter­sec­tions at Okowai Rd and Pa­pakowhai Rd, a sug­ges­tion unan­i­mously sup­ported by coun­cil­lors.

‘‘Other in­ter­sec­tions around the city are a sham­bles and we have to be clear what our pri­or­i­ties are,’’ Ms Kropp said.

Litea Ah Hoi said it was im­pru­dent to bud­get $100,000 for the Fjord turn­ing be­fore get­ting a re­port.

But Mr Mur­rell warned op­po­nents that tak­ing the Fjord funds away now would en­sure the pro­ject would still be lan­guish­ing un­com­pleted in three years’ time.

‘‘ Two years we’ve been talk­ing about Whit­ford Brown, and we can’t get a sen­si­ble re­port out of any­one. In three years we’ll be still talk­ing about the Fjord.’’

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