Published 4 October 2010
The Environmental Protection Authority has stuck to its timetable for a hearing on the State Highway 20 Waterview Connection project, turning down an Auckland City Council request to extend the submissions period from 20 to 30 days.
Some councilors had argued for 40 days because of the volume of material submitters would have to wade through.
Councillors Glenda Fryer & Cathy Casey, representing the Eden Albert ward, accused the authority of obeying its political masters in Wellington rather than listening to the locally elected councillors & community board. Cllr Fryer said: “This is the first big project to go through under the new National & Act Government’s Environmental Protection Authority process. That the authority chooses to ignore the local authorities most affected by this huge multi-billion-dollar project, in their modest request for an small extension of time for locals to make submission, shows just how out of touch they are.”
24 September 2010: Councillors get timid over request for more Waterview submission time
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Attribution: Councillors’ release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.