Wellington Scoop

Iona Pannett tells city council to end its flyover fixation

Wellington City Councillor Iona Pannett today welcomed the High Court’s rejection of the New Zealand Transport Agency’s appeal to build a flyover around the Basin Reserve. She said:

“My warmest congratulations go to Save the Basin who have defended this historic ground selflessly for so many years now.

“Nearly a year to the day after NZTA decided to appeal the Board of Inquiry’s decision on the flyover, they again have been knocked back by the courts.

“Once again, I call on the Transport Agency and the Wellington City Council who have supported this project and legal action to push it through, to end its flyover fixation. Both organisations need to stop using the courts to achieve their ends and sit down together with all the parties to agree to a new and sustainable solution for this important area.

“It is also time to stop wasting money on this project. The Agency has already spent well over $11m on the application to get it to the Board. An appeal has eaten up further resources. Whilst the community has raised every cent for this latest case through hard work, the NZTA and the Wellington City Council have again relied on the taxpayer and ratepayer.

“This project was doomed to fail from the start. It is time to permanently bin the flyover and instead focus on restoring the Basin and facilitating 21st solutions like light rail for the city.”