Ratepay­ers as­so­ci­a­tion de­mands ex­press­way an­swers

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

The Horowhenua Dis­trict Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion Inc (HDRRAI) is lead­ing the charge de­mand­ing an an­swer re­gard­ing the fate of the O¯ taki to North of Levin Ex­press­way.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is en­cour­ag­ing af­fected res­i­dents to email copies of a let­ter de­mand­ing an­swers by the end of Septem­ber to “NZTA, gov­ern­ment min­is­ters, lo­cal coun­cils and other rel­e­vant peo­ple”. This fol­lows a meet­ing held at Manakau Hall Au­gust 26, at­tended by about 56 peo­ple.

Af­ter lis­ten­ing to the opin­ions and frus­tra­tions of those af­fected the meet­ing de­cided, by a show of hands, to write to the min­is­ter and rel­e­vant peo­ple and coun­cils to ask for an an­swer about whether or not the O2NL is hap­pen­ing and what the cho­sen route might be. If the an­swer is yes, they want the an­swers by the end of Septem­ber.

Copies of the let­ter can be found on nu­mer­ous Face­book pages. Lo­cal res­i­dents, af­fected by the pro­posed routes, have also had a copy of the let­ter.

The ac­com­pa­ny­ing email said, “The feel­ing of the par­tic­i­pants was pos­i­tive and car­ing and there seemed to be a shared will­ing­ness to work to­gether in an en­deav­our to get some an­swers.”

The HDRRAI said it will call another meet­ing in early Oc­to­ber if there are no an­swers are forth­com­ing.

Copies of the let­ter will be send to gov­ern­ment min­is­ters Phil Twyford, Shane Jones, Julie Anne Gen­ter, and NZTA’s Peter Mersi. The let­ter cen­tres around two ques­tions:

Ques­tion one: Is O2NL as a project go­ing to pro­ceed?

Ques­tion two: If the an­swer is yes, re­gard­less of when, what is the de­fined align­ment of O2NL?

The let­ter says, “We ad­vise the min­is­ters that peo­ple af­fected, whom re­ceived let­ters of in­ter­est in their prop­er­ties for the O2NL op­tions, have al­ready been sub­jected to con­sid­er­able con­sul­ta­tions. They live in con­stant un­cer­tainty and we ask that they be pri­mar­ily taken into ac­count in your de­lib­er­a­tions.”

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