Working group formed over Transpower 'land grab'

BY ANDREA O'NEIL
Last updated 11:15 19/06/2012

Relevant offers

Kapi-Mana News

Beervana: a one-stop shop for everything beery Porirua dancer representing New Zealand at 'Olympics of dance' in Las Vegas Paraparaumu School to start bilingual class, taught in English and te reo Maori Nappy changing and lullabies a breeze for would-be Wellington mayor Nick Leggett. Refurbished Tawa retail block put on the market A man has been arrested in relation to a burglary of a Tawa home Family watch as a stranger breaks into their home: 'Police walked right past' Three gold medals for Porirua swimmer and Oceania champ Bronagh Ryan Porirua Muay Thai fighter Rosie Duxfield: 'Damn straight I hit like a girl' Increase of 3.3 per cent for Porirua rates

A working group of Pauatahanui residents, council officers and Transpower officials has been formed to consult on Transpower's proposed corridor management policy, which could restrict land use for 32 metres each side of power lines in the area.

Transpower is asking councils around the country to implement its plan, and has met strong opposition in places like the Bay of Plenty, where it is being accused of proposing a land grab.

A meeting between affected landowners, Porirua City Council and Transpower was held on June 7 and attracted about 60 residents. Transpower's plan affects properties in Pauatahanui, Whitby, Judgeford, Paekakariki Hill Road and Cannons Creek.

Landowners were not convinced by Transpower's reasoning behind the corridor plan, Pauatahanui Residents' Association secretary Alan Gray says.

"People were pretty disturbed by the whole thing. Transpower wasn't convincing," Mr Gray said.

Transpower showed slides of power poles close to roads and houses in South Auckland to argue for increasing its corridor from 24m to 64m. But Mr Gray says current council legislation is more than adequate to protect Transpower's assets.

"Our argument is there's already good regulations in force and they shouldn't be dumbing this down to council. We're not denying them a corridor, they obviously do need one, but we're just not convinced they need to have such a large one."

Mr Gray agreed with Bay of Plenty protesters that a land grab was threatened.

"It's not doing anything but reducing property values and people's land rights."

A working group was formed at the meeting to workshop the issue and shape public consultation on the matter, Mr Gray says. The group comprises two farm representatives, a lifestyle block representative, an urban representative, council staff and a Transpower representative.

Ad Feedback

- Kapi-Mana News

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content