Wellington City Council has confirmed its support for the Basin Reserve flyover.
Councillors debated the contents of its submission to an independent board of inquiry at a Strategy and Policy Committee meeting today.
A draft submission tabled at the meeting supported resource consent for the $90 million flyover, 20 metres north of the Basin, provided the NZ Transport Agency also committed to a suite of landscaping and bus lane improvements around the historic cricket ground.
Council officers and transport agency staff had been working on the deal since March. The agency agreed to it prior to today’s meeting.
The draft submission was approved this afternoon with seven councillors voting for it and six against. Two councillors were absent.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown was among those who chose not to support the flyover.
This was despite saying earlier in the meeting that the transport agency would likely come up with a more pleasing design if the council offered its conditional support rather than digging its toes in and saying no.
Her final position prompted councillors Ray Ahipene-Mercer and John Morrison to say she had flip-flopped.
When asked by media afterwards if her vote meant she had no confidence in the design outcomes achieved by her council staff, she said: ‘‘It’s a vote saying that climate change and new ways of travel are actually more important than the prettiest flyover you could get.’’
She declined to answer any more questions.
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