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“Dirty deal” for Takapu Valley proposed by CEOs and Transport Agency

News release from Peter Dunne
Ohariu MP Peter Dunne says the NZ Transport Agency and Wellington local authority chief executives have done a dirty deal behind the public’s back over the proposed Petone to Grenada link road.

In January 2014 it was revealed that the Transport Agency was considering a road through Takapu Valley to link the proposed Petone to Grenada road to the Transmission Gully highway.

A hostile public reaction forced the Transport Agency to back off, and after a couple of open days and a very large public meeting in Tawa last April, the Agency agreed to consult more widely with local authorities and the affected public.

It has not been seen in public on the issue since then, and at the same time all then local authorities expressed their opposition in varying degrees to the plans, Mr Dunne says.

However, Mr Dunne has now been made aware that a paper from NZTA and the chief executives of Wellington local authorities is to go before the Regional Transport Committee on March 9 recommending that the Takapu Valley go ahead after all.

“This is outrageous.

“NZTA and the faceless chief executives are utterly gutless they have not had the courtesy or the courage to front up to local people on this issue since last April, and have arrogantly proceeded, behind the public’s back, with what they intended to do all along.

“It is an absolute disgrace, so I am calling on the Regional Transport Committee and the Greater Wellington Regional Council to reject the plans outright until and unless NZTA and its fellow Quislings can demonstrate that they have fully consulted with and involved local people in the decision making process.

“If the Committee does not reject the proposals, I will be seeking the intervention of the Minister of Transport to stop them. NZTA and the chief executives need to be brought to heel to realise they are public servants not public bulldozers. They should never forget they are there to serve communities, not wreck and divide them.”

The chief executives’ report in full.