Res­i­dents in dark over gully ac­cess pro­posal

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Ac­cess­ing Trans­mis­sion Gully through eastern Porirua neigh­bour­hoods wasn’t given the ex­pected green light by Porirua City coun­cil­lors re­cently.

The builders of the $850 mil­lion high­way did not have representatives at the May 5 Te Komiti meet­ing, when Porirua City Coun­cil was asked to grant a five-year ease­ment for trucks to provide backup ac­cess to Wai­tan­girua Farm.

Siev­ers Grove res­i­dent Kylie Wi­hapi made a sub­mis­sion, say­ing no con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity had been forth­com­ing from gully builder CPB HEB Joint Ven­ture.

She said she was in favour of the high­way, but the lack of in­for­ma­tion was not sat­is­fac­tory.

‘‘We haven’t been in­formed about the route through our neigh­bour­hood,’’ she said. ‘‘All we’ve been told is there may be some dust.

‘‘Kids play on these streets, and there’s a school and kinder­garten close by. It’s an easy op­tion to go through a lower so­cio-eco­nomic com­mu­nity, but there needs to be more work done [informing peo­ple]. We ex­pect the coun­cil to pro­tect us here.’’

Coun­cil se­nior re­source plan­ner Ju­lia Bates said Lanes Flat in Pau­ata­hanui would be the pri­mary ac­cess and the eastern Porirua route was to give flex­i­bil­ity to the high­way builders.

She ex­pected joint ven­ture representatives to be talk­ing with the com­mu­nity in com­ing weeks.

How­ever, Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said he was con­cerned about the lack of en­gage­ment.

‘‘Siev­ers Grove has among the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of chil­dren in New Zealand,’’ he said.

‘‘This is not how Porirua rolls and I thought [Wi­hapi’s] sub­mis­sion was a bal­anced one from a res­i­dent wor­ried about an en­abling de­ci­sion to put heavy ve­hi­cles through her street.’’

Leggett said it would have been a com­mon cour­tesy for joint ven­ture representatives to be at the meet­ing.

He was briefed in Jan­uary about the ease­ment, but said it was un­ac­cept­able the in­for­ma­tion had not been pre­sented prop­erly to the com­mu­nity.

Leggett sug­gested let­ting the ease­ment re­port sit on the ta­ble, rather than pass­ing it.

He was fully sup­ported, so the re­port will be re­vis­ited at the next Te Komiti meet­ing, on Thurs­day.

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