The Chamber of Commerce's flimsy arguments in support of the Kapiti expressway (Expressway could pave way for business growth, January 10) do not warrant the despoliation of our region and the enormous adverse impact on the communities of this narrow coastal plain.
The last thing we want to be is an ''economic powerhouse''. Kapiti's future lies in it retaining its present peaceful qualities that suit it as a tourist resort and retirement haven. The area's retirement industry must be its largest and is likely to continue to grow. Commuters should not be encouraged to live on this coast, as with looming fuel shortages and increasing prices inevitable, this will not be a viable future option. People should be encouraged to live nearer work with any commuting by train.
The current peak-time congestion is largely caused by local traffic that has no alternative to using the main highway. The long-promised, hijacked internal link road would have freed up traffic on the main road as well as provided an alternative route for its traffic in emergencies. Big business and developers represented by the Chamber of Commerce and this government must not be allowed to destroy the Kapiti Coast forever.
- Kapiti Observer