Media release from Save the Basin
A survey of local body election candidates’ views on the proposed Basin Reserve flyover shows that many are opposed to it.
The Save the Basin Campaign Inc., which is campaigning against the proposed flyover and will be opposing it in resource consent hearings scheduled for early 2014, asked Wellington region local body election candidates whether or not they opposed the proposed flyover.
The results of the survey are now online at http://savethebasin.org.nz/
“Plenty of candidates have realised that the proposed flyover would, if built, be an ugly eyesore that will run only from east to west and make Wellington’s transport system worse, not better,” said Save the Basin Campaign spokesperson Joanna Newman. “In particular. we’re pleased to see that mayoral candidates Celia Wade-Brown and Rob Goulden have come out unequivocally against the proposed flyover.”
“In addition, voters in each Wellington City Council ward have a good selection of anti-flyover candidates to choose from, with some wards having a majority of anti-flyover candidates” Joanna Newman continued. “This confirms that opposition to the flyover isn’t confined to the inner city, but is spread right across the city.”
“We hope that Wellingtonians will elect an anti-flyover mayor and an anti-flyover council,” Joanna Newman said. “Likewise, it’s high time the Wellington Regional Council showed genuine support for sustainable transport, and electing anti-flyover Councillors can help to achieve that.”
The results also show the positions of candidates for the Capital and Coast District Health Board and the Makara-Ohariu Community Board on the flyover issue.