Plans to fast track the National War Memorial Park have been given the thumbs up by Wellington city councillors - though some questioned whether the project justified the process.
The council’s strategy and policy committee this morning agreed to submit in support of the fast-tracked enabling bill, which will guarantee the park’s completion by the Anzac Day centenary in 2015.
The committee also agreed to put $5 million towards the park.
Councillors were happy to see a nationally important park being built.
‘‘This is great, this is fantastic, this is of great importance not only to Wellington but to the nation,’’ John Morrison said.
However, some questioned the legitimacy of the fast-tracked process.
Iona Pannett said she would be submitting separately opposing the project being carried out in such a way.
Then country had 100 years warning for the centenary, and the lack of planning did not justify skipping due process, she said.
‘‘This is not Fiji. We live in a good democracy and we should be adhering to that.’’
She and Helene Ritchie voted against the submission.
Mayor Celia Wade-brown said she was ‘‘delighted’’ by the support.
‘‘The Pukeahu National War Memorial Park will have great significance at an international, national, civic and local level.’’
The park will be built at the National War Memorial. A portion of State Highway One between Sussex and Taranaki streets will be diverted underneath in a cut and cover tunnel.
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