NZTA ap­proach ‘cav­a­lier’

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Ohariu MP Peter Dunne has called NZ Trans­port Agency’s han­dling of pro­pos­als for the Pe­tone to Gre­nada Link road ‘‘inept, blun­der­buss tac­tics of the worst type’’.

Mr Dunne said the agency’s han­dling of the link road plan, which emerged three weeks ago, had been a pub­lic re­la­tions and plan­ning dis­as­ter from the out­set.

‘‘ I think the plan is now doomed be­cause of its own in­com­pe­tence, and the sooner it is dropped al­to­gether, the bet­ter. First off, was the an­nounce­ment that the pre­ferred op­tion was to slice a link road through Takapu Val­ley, un­der­stand­ably an­ger­ing the res­i­dents who live there, and who had no idea that was be­ing con­sid­ered,’’ Mr Dunne said.

Mr Dunne said the agency was play­ing off the Takapu and Tawa com­mu­ni­ties against each other, as a sec­ond op­tion, if Takapu was not pre­ferred, would be to widen State High­way 1 at Tawa.

‘‘ That brinkman­ship is sim­ply dis­grace­ful. Now comes this week’s news that people buy­ing sec­tions in a new sub­di­vi­sion at the top of Gre­nada Vil­lage find the pro­posed road cuts right through the land they are in the process of buy­ing. These are inept blun­der­buss tac­tics of the worst type – de­spite its as­sur­ances to me per­son­ally and in pub­lic, NZTA seems to have no com­pre­hen­sion of, or con­cern about the im­pact of its cav­a­lier an­nounce­ments on lo­cal res­i­dents who stand to be se­ri­ously ad­versely af­fected.’’

Mr Dunne said the trans­port agency’s best op­tion was to go back to the draw­ing board and work with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, Tawa Com­mu­nity Board and Welling­ton City Coun­cil on the best way for­ward.

A de­ci­sion will be made by the end of this year, with con­sents lodged in 2015.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions for the pur­chase of land would take place in 2017 and con­struc­tion would be­gin in 2019.

The link road could be tolled.

Scathing: Ohariu MP Peter Dunne is scorn­ful of the Pe­tone-Gre­nada Link pro­pos­als.

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