The Dom Post reports:
The council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee today vested four pieces of land in Tawa to the Crown for the purpose of building the $850 million motorway north of Wellington.
Doing so was little more than a formality, given the New Zealand Transport Agency’s ability to acquire the land if the council did not willingly hand it over.
But acting committee chairman and deputy mayor of Wellington Justin Lester said, somewhat jokingly, it was the council’s last chance to stop Transmission Gully, which was first mooted in 1919.
”In my personal capacity, I wholeheartedly support it,” he said.
”We [councillors] do look forward to the project getting underway.”
But not everyone on the committee shared that view.
Councillor Iona Pannett said that even though the land transfer was a formality, she would not support it.
”I’m voting against this as a matter of principle because I’ll never never support mega road building,” she said.
”If there’s anything I can do to frustrate that, I will.”
Iona’s views are the views of most elected Greens. They are against roads, no matter what. They will never never support them. It is not about cost effectiveness, road safety or congestion. It is a near religious belief that cars are bad.