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WCC vs Govt on Town Belt legislation

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

02 September, 2015

Dear Editor:

Thanks should go to the DomPost for the editorial of 21 August on the disagreement between Wellington City Council and the government over town belt legislation, designed by the WCC to save bits of the town belt being chopped off for government sponsored roading, which usefully identified the challenges of the top two actors, the mayor and the government.

Transport is the most important issue facing Wellington and positively there continues to be impetus toward finding a sustainable solution with the rejection of the Basin Reserve flyover. Wellington mayor Wade-Brown needs to step up having attached her career to a ‘green-lite’ platform. In the long view the Public Transport Spine Study and the Airport Master Plan are both conspiring against sustainable transport and the mayor needs to oppose both.

On the other hand, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) represents the government’s viewpoint that the historical dominance of the private vehicle must remain. We see that in their so-called ‘roads of national significance’. Flyovers and tunnels for the motor car, such as those proposed around the Basin, will continue to be objects of desire. The intensity of their position, in typical bullying fashion for them, is shown in their refusal to let the discussion of the town belt legislation get to select committee level. As the editorial suggested, the key may be for the mayor to lead a public campaign for the legislation as the WCC wrote it.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

not published by Dom Post; published by Wellingtonian 11/09/15

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