Mayor in­con­sis­tent

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Welling­ton Mayor Justin Lester is in­con­sis­tent when he says he is un­will­ing to com­ment on the Court of Ap­peal’s re­jec­tion of his plans for Shelly Bay (Ques­tion mark over Shelly Bay, Dec 4).

He does not hes­i­tate to com­ment when the coun­cil wins. For in­stance, he greeted the nowover­turned High Court de­ci­sion by say­ing, ‘‘This is an ex­cel­lent re­sult. This project aims to trans­form Shelly Bay for the bet­ter and it has my whole­hearted sup­port. It’s an en­dorse­ment of the city coun­cil’s plan­ning pro­cesses for Shelly Bay’’.

Sim­i­larly, in the Frank Kitts Park de­ci­sion, he gloated when the coun­cil won the orig­i­nal de­ci­sion. The ap­pel­lants, Water­front Watch, are per­fectly wor­thy cit­i­zens (surely akin to the suc­cess­ful Shelly Bay ap­pel­lants) and they de­served more re­spect than this.

It is a shame when the mayor puts his per­sonal feel­ings ahead of those of his cit­i­zens. It is an un­for­tu­nate char­ac­ter­is­tic of his may­oralty.

Michael Gib­son, North­land

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