Mayor defends decision to support Alliance
Mayor Jenny Rowan has defended her decision to support the Council joining the NZTA Alliance to build the new motorway through Kāpiti.
I know this is very upsetting to a number of groups and green voters who have supported me over the years - but I am still of the opinion that it is better to be “in the tent” than out of it.
“If we don’t position ourselves to be part of the decision-making team – we effectively walk away from our community and fail to represent them. I don’t think this is acceptable and believe it could have disastrous consequences for the District.
“In joining the Alliance, we are doing so knowingly and cautiously – we will have to agree with a set of objectives along with the other partners. If the process is not a good one, and is not undertaken in good faith we will consider our options - including the option to withdraw.”
“I am as devastated as anyone about the government’s decision to back the Sandhills Motorway. Together with Council staff and many Councillors. I have worked tirelessly, and at considerable personal cost, to oppose it and to present a more viable and sustainable option for the District. Clearly we were not successful and we now need to move on.
“This said, I am now very heartened to see a number of groups making their views known on this issue. I encourage them to keep doing so. I also encourage as many people as possible to join with us and have a say on issues and bottom lines they’d like to see addressed with the new road.
What I know is that the Minister is determined to build this road – this has been abundantly clear from minute one. I also know that a significant number of people in the district have lost patience with the lack of progress on the matter. Furthermore, at this stage, the Council does not have a mandate to spend well over $1million of ratepayers money fighting it.
If we stay outside the Alliance process and then take a case to the Board of Inquiry we could find ourselves winning the case and loosing all the Government funding to build any sort of a road. Then, we will be back at square one - with no funding and the public possibly waiting another 30 years for a road.
For more information contact Jenny Rowan 027 205 3600