9 Jul 2013

Morrison sees further delaying tactics to flyover

11:30 am on 9 July 2013

Wellington city councillor and mayoral candidate John Morrison says other councillors are using delaying tactics to try to stop a proposed flyover from going ahead.

The Transport Agency has applied to the Environmental Protection Authority for resource consent to build a flyover next to the city's historic sportsground, the Basin Reserve.

The authority has already recommended the Environment Minster appoint a board of inquiry to decide whether the project should go ahead, but the council now wants it referred to the Environment Court.

Mr Morrison, who's also a member of the Basin Reserve Trust, says there's no doubt this is another effort to stop the flyover and it's time to get on with it.

However, another councillor, Iona Pannett, says she believes boards of inquiry are a rubber-stamping process that have yet to turn down a single application they have considered. She says the Environment Court, as a relatively neutral setting, is the appropriate place for such a contentious issue to be heard.