Why is NZTA so obsessed with NOT upgrading SH58 ?
Fix up State Highway 58 before looking at “some dream new road” costing $250 million, Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy says.
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) says the Petone-Grenada Link Road – a proposed six-lane highway up the steep hill just south of Korokoro and eventually linking to Transmission Gully – offers major benefits to the Hutt Valley and wider region.
But Mr Guppy is unconvinced, and had said the proposed link would be the “death” of the Seaview/Gracefield commercial and industrial area as new development land in Grenada North is opened up for warehousing, trucking and hubbing operations. more on Stuff…
You’d think being chastised twice by a Cabinet Minister would be enough to halt the NZTA’s outrageous plans to bulldoze a 4 lane Motorway through Takapu Valley without due process, consultation or planning.
We’re slowly uncovering considerable incompetence by NZTA (such as watching WCC grant consent for a whole subdivision soon to be bulldozed – that could cost WCC ratepayers dearly I’d think), and an intrinsic culture of lies and deceit to the public and landowners. We’ll be documenting this more, one action with possible criminal implications. Not to mention the unethical and immoral strategy of playing neighbours and communities off against each other to do their work. Questions need to be asked of this Government Department and it’s Chief Executive that condones such behaviour, paid for by the tax payer. Peter Dunne is right to be concerned by this behaviour.
Ōhariu MP Peter Dunne is calling on NZTA to drop altogether proposals for a link road between the Transmission Gully Highway and the planned Petone to Grenada road “until it gets its act together.”
Mr Dunne says NZTA’s handling of the link road plan which emerged only three weeks ago has been a “public relations and planning disaster from the outset.”
“I think the plan is now doomed because of its own incompetence, and the sooner it is dropped altogether, the better.
“First off, was the announcement that the preferred option was to slice a link road through Takapu Valley, understandably angering the 80 odd residents who live there, and who had no idea that was being considered.
“Then, NZTA refused to front angry residents at a site meeting, saying it was not ready to talk to them yet, and would prefer to do so on a one-on-one basis anyway.
“Next was the announcement that if they could not proceed with the Takapu Valley option, NZTA would callously play communities off against each other by widening State Highway One by Tawa instead, affecting about 40 properties.
“That brinkmanship is simply disgraceful.
“Now comes this week’s news that people buying sections in a new subdivision at the top of Grenada Village find the proposed road cuts right through the land they are in the process of buying.
“NZTA was even not aware of that until I raised it with them earlier this week.
“These are inept blunderbuss tactics of the worst type – despite its assurances to me personally and in public, NZTA seems to have no comprehension of, or concern about the impact of its cavalier announcements on local resident who stand to be seriously adversely affected.
“In the circumstances, NZTA’s only credible option is to can the plan now, go back to its drawing board, and work with the local community, the Tawa Community Board, and the Wellington City Council on the best way forward,” Mr Dunne says.
Peter Dunne stands up on the appalling behaviour of NZTA on Twitter | 1 Feb 2014
Ōhariu MP Peter Dunne is seeking a full briefing from NZTA on its roading plans that are likely have an impact on Takapu Valley residents.
Mr Dunne says he first became aware of the specific proposals yesterday, and shares the concern being expressed by Takapu valley residents.
“Proposals like this which come like a bolt from the blue are understandably very disruptive of people’s lives and need to be handled with sensitivity, something government agencies are often not very good at”.
“However, it is not entirely clear how firm the plans are, which is why I want a full and urgent briefing from NZTA”.
“In particular, I want to know:
- The actual status of the proposals currently being reported;
- How, if at all, this proposal is linked to the development of the Transmission Gully highway;
- The current status of the Petone to Grenada link road proposals;
- The time frame for and projected cost of the construction of any link road through Takapu Valley;
- The process and time frames for reaching any decision on the proposal;
- What alternatives and other options might be considered;
- The rights of affected property owners”, he says.
The implications of a new Wellington roading proposal – Suggestions that Wellington City may be working with NZTA on this road to take business and rates from Porirua and Hutt City.
Last-minute move to plan bulldozing of Takapu Valley; unhappy residents find map – More detail from the RadioNZ story.
Conflicts of interest: a secret flyover MOU and its three signatories – Think it’s far-fetched to suppose WCC is signing secret deals with the NZTA? Think again, because here’s one right here.
Links to news coverage, 01 Feb 2014.
Dunne vows to fight to stop road