Road­ing in­for­ma­tion angst

The Horowhenua Mail - - FRONT PAGE - KIRSTY LAWRENCE

Manakau res­i­dents are an­gry and up­set af­ter an in­for­ma­tion meet­ing held to up­date them on short­listed road op­tions fell short of their ex­pec­ta­tions.

The New Zealand Trans­port Agency re­cently re­leased its short­list of nine op­tions for the $100 mil­lion-plus taki to north of Levin road­ing project, which will con­nect to the Ka¯piti ex­press­way.

At an in­for­ma­tion meet­ing in Manakau on Satur­day, res­i­dents voiced frus­tra­tion that maps more than four years old were be­ing used to show peo­ple where the road op­tions would go.

This meant houses built in re­cent years were not vis­i­ble on the maps.

The short­listed op­tions, which all be­gin at Tay­lors Rd, north of

taki, and end just north of Levin, have been opened to the pub­lic for feed­back.

Last month, the trans­port agency sent let­ters to landown­ers whose prop­er­ties fell within the 300-me­tre cor­ri­dor of one or more of the pro­posed op­tions.

Emma Bail­lie, 32, is one of those res­i­dents.

Bail­lie and her part­ner are build­ing a new home be­hind Manakau vil­lage, an area where a lot of young fam­i­lies are try­ing to es­tab­lish their homes.

The cladding has just started go­ing up on their house and al­ready Bail­lie was won­der­ing if their for­ever home had turned into a tem­po­rary one.

‘‘[The agency] said the S6 [op­tion] is their pre­ferred, which is the one that af­fects the most peo­ple, but it’s the cheap­est and fastest.’’

S6 would af­fect Bail­lie the most, as the road would run di­rectly in front of their house.

This would take out their view of Mt Taranaki and Ka¯piti Is­land and would mean other new houses in the area get bowled to make way for the road.

Bail­lie said she didn’t un­der­stand this logic. ¯ O

‘‘They talk about the fact we in Horowhenua. an­swers from dif­fer­ent peo­ple.’’ Mon­day on our web­site.’’ are in a hous­ing cri­sis, but here All of this his­tory is threat­ened Agency di­rec­tor of re­gional Horowhenua mayor Michael are peo­ple build­ing their new if the S6 op­tion is se­lected. re­la­tion­ships Emma Speight said Feyen said re­cent ac­ci­dents and homes and now they are get­ting The trans­port agency of­fi­cials were en­cour­aged by the road clo­sures demon­strate the ready to get rid of them.’’ or­gan­ised for an arche­ol­o­gist to turnout at the Manakau in­forneed for the project – both from a

Greg Gilpin owns a home on go through the house, which ma­tion meet­ing and they very lo­cal and na­tional per­spec­tive – as North Manakau Rd, which is Gilpin hoped would make a dif­fer­much ap­pre­ci­ated the feed­back New Zealand needed a re­silient right in the mid­dle of the ence. they re­ceived. and safe State High­way 1. pro­posed S6 route. ‘‘I will be ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated Speight said the large map on ‘‘State High­ways 1 and 57 are

His home was built in 1890s, if it goes through there. We have dis­play was in­tended as a guide high-crash zones and traf­fic one of the orig­i­nal ones in the to pre­serve our his­tory.’’ and was the most re­cent high­counts are grow­ing. Our co­marea. Gilpin was un­happy with the res­o­lu­tion photo avail­able that mu­nity wants to be, and feel, safe,

But this road will go right trans­port agency’s re­liance on old would al­low the level of de­tail both in our towns and out on the through it. maps to show peo­ple where the re­quired to iden­tify land fea­tures. high­ways.’’

The home­stead is sur­rounded roads would be go­ing, as hous­ing ‘‘A more re­cent aerial im­age, Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil by old trees and Gilpin said one of in the ar­eas had in­creased in with less res­o­lu­tion, in­clud­ing chair Bruce Gor­don said he was them, at the front of the¯house,theOis­re­cen­tyears.prop­er­ty­bound­aries,will­be­pleased­tosee taki to north of ap­par­ently the most no­table tree ‘‘Peo­ple are get­ting dif­fer­ent avail­able to down­load from Levin road was ad­vanc­ing.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/STUFF

Sam Thomp­son with part­ner Emma Bail­lie and their child Max, be­side the house they are build­ing in East­ern Rise, Manakau. The S6 road op­tion would go in front of their home.

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