Kapiti’s Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) says the election defeat of ex-Mayor Jenny Rowan and supporting councillors is a ‘resounding defeat’ for those who tried to impose unwarranted hazard lines and an unworkable Proposed District Plan (PDP) on residents.
It also says: “We have built up a constructive relationship with the new Mayor,Ross Church,during this year and we are sure that will continue.
“Congratulations to the voters seeing sense! “
The CRU chairman, Christopher Ruthe, also points out that Ms Rowan’s supporters, deputy mayor Roger Booth and councillor Tony Lester, lost their seats, along with long serving councillor Peter Ellis.
Mr Ruthe says: “This represents a resounding defeat for a mayor and councillors who have tried to impose unwarranted hazard lines and an unworkable PDP upon Kapiti residents.
“The anti-mayor vote, when one totals the votes of the four leading candidates, amounted to 21,862 votes to her 4543. This can only be described as a drubbing, and should send a clear message to the new council that only a new direction will be acceptable to the electorate.
“It is vital that the new Council honour the promises made with regard to the PDP and hazard lines. If they continue to rely on the advisers the previous Council used then little will change.”
Mr Ruthe adds that an early test for Ross Church will be his appointment of committee chairs.
“If he were to reappoint Councillor Diane Amundsen, who is an ardent defender of the PDP, as Chair of the Regulatory Committee responsible for the PDP, this would be a clear indication that the electorate is continuing to be ignored and not listened to,” he says.
Withdrawal of PDP
“The issue facing CRU is it’s stance on the withdrawal of the PDP. Joan Allin has made out a clear case for withdrawal. There are some who have suggested that it proceed to bring some finality.
“With regard to the hazard lines that were the basis for the information going on LIM’s (Land Information Memorandums) , these were put on LIMs in reliance on the Shand Report.
“It is my view that issues pertaining to the Shand Report should be seen as quite separate from the question of withdrawing the PDP.”
Mr Ruthe says:”An expert panel has been set up to examine the science, not planning issues. There would seem to be no reason for the hearings scheduled for December not to go ahead. However if others have a different view please let CRU know so they can be properly considered.
“The CRU committee is meeting soon to set out future directions. We will report on the outcome.
“Three cheers for the democratic process! Let’s make sure the bureaucrats stick to their appropriate roles.”