Local Politicians Speak

Mayor & Councillors Speak out

on recent NZTA Decision


DISTRICT DAMAGED FOREVER, MAYOR SAYS

Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan is “extremely disappointed” by the New Zealand Transport Agency’s recent decision to build a Sandhills Expressway down the full western corridor.
“This will damage the district forever,” she said………READ MORE


SANDHILLS MOTORWAY WILL ISOLATE

THE COASTAL COMMUNITIES

“Transmission Gully is good news,” says Councillor and Deputy Mayor Anne Chapman.
However on the subject Sandhills Motorway (Expressway), Cr Chapman thinks that this is not a good decision for the community………..READ MORE

DECADES OF WAITING AND

NOW NO BENEFITS TO KAPITI

Waikanae ward KCDC Councillor Sandra Patton says she is profoundly disappointed that a second bridge over the Waikanae River, connecting Waikanae and Paraparaumu and providing an alternative route to the State Highway from Peka Peka south through to Raumati by using the Western Link and local roads.
“This is something people have been waiting for decades to use” she said……………….
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EXPRESSWAY WILL SPLIT

KAPITI IN HALF

“Making the WLR into a four lane expressway at 100km/h was not my favoured option as it has further delayed any local connection between Waikanae Beach and Paraparaumu” he said.
Cr Ellis has never been a supporter of the two lane 50km/h WLR adopted by KCDC  for the 4 lane earth works but he said he supported a 2 lane road at 70 km/h as this was the best option…………READ MORE


AN OPPOTUNITY FOR A MORE FUTURE

LOOKING SOLUTION HAS BEEN MISSED

‘Disappointed’ is one word that comes to mind with Cr Hillary Wooding over the recent NZTA’s decision to four –lane the link road.
Cr Wooding said, “this result will do nothing for the Kapiti District.
It will not improve connectivity which had been the purpose of the two lane link road.”………READ MORE


AIRPORT AND TOWN CENTRE

BIGGEST LOSERS

Councillor Tony Jack believes that the NZTA’s decision came as no surprise because it’s the easiest and cheapest way through the southern part of the district.
Kapiti now has to make its plans for connectivity across the expressway. This will be restricted to existing roads crossing it on flyovers – no assisting the current east/west connection problems we have……….READ MORE


LARGE EXPRESSWAY WILL SEVER

THE DISTRICT

Councillor Diane Ammundsen says she is pleased for those people who are no longer in danger of losing their homes but thought that the decision by the NZTA was not the right one for this district.
“A large expressway running through the district will sever it and will not provide any local links, I see no local benefit from this road at all” she said.
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ROAD OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE BUT

NOT FOR KAPITI

The decision by NZTA did not come as “a big surprise” said Kapiti Coast District Councillor Peter Daniel.
“KCDC had been working very hard on planning and buying land for the original Western Link Road which would have serviced all Kapiti Coasters.”he said……………READ MORE


A STEP BACK INTO THE DARK AGES

“The Government has taken a step back into the dark ages with their announcement today of the Wellington regional Road of National Significance,” said Kapiti Coast District Councillor Lyndy McIntyre today.
“Huge motorways are not the way of the future, they are the way of the past and the Kapiti Sandhills Expressway is the worst possible example of backward thinking,” she said…………….READ MORE


HAPPY OVERALL WITH NZTA’s DECISION

Kapiti Coast District Councillor David Scott says he is very happy with the government’s decision to finally give the go-ahead for transmission gully and the four laning of the Western Link road.
“The decision was a positive one which will allow progress in the area now and will bring about more opportunities for people looking for work” he said……..READ MORE


Footnote;

Kapiti Independent News has asked Councillor Anne Molineux for a statement but as yet has not come forward