by Lindsay Shelton
I wish I’d been at yesterday’s Regional Council meeting. I would like to have heard more about why two regional councillors voted to support the Basin Reserve flyover after explaining why they didn’t like it.
The DomPost reports from the meeting about the reluctant “yes” votes from Judith Aitken and Chris Laidlaw.
Chris Laidlaw said he was “lending his vote of support” only because the flyover achieved a basic aim of the council’s Ngauranga to Airport Corridor Plan, which was to separate state highway and local traffic at the Basin. But he said the council’s submission should state that it was unhappy with the design. The DomPost doesn’t tell us whether or not this was done.
Also voting yes for the flyover was Judith Aitken, though she said she was yet to be completely convinced of its benefits.
This stance used to be called “neither for nor against.” It was not a complimentary description.
Two other regional councillors spoke about why they opposed the flyover. But Daran Ponter and Paul Bruce didn’t just procrastinate. They voted against it.
The DomPost also reports how the Regional Council was warned about the flyover by a professor of sustainability from Perth. He said Wellington would be taking a backward step if it built the flyover … because it would bring more cars into the city which would be detrimental to the aim of encouraging more use of public transport. Around the world, he said, people were investing in cities that encouraged cars away from the CBDs.
Everyone knows that, of course. So why are a majority of our councillors voting for the flyover?