Auckland councillor says SkyPath has 'passed every possible test'
North Shore ward councillor and head of Auckland Council's planning committee, Chris Darby, said comments made by Coleman during a head-to-head debate with Northcote's Labour candidate Shanan Halbert, livestreamed by the North Shore Times on Tuesday, were unhelpful.
Coleman questioned during the debate whether construction company Downer had withdrawn from the public-private partnership (PPP) for financial reasons, or because SkyPath isn't viable.
In April, Downer Group said pulling out of the PPP was a commercial decision but declined to provide any further comment.
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"I was gobsmacked a very senior political leader, and a minister of health and a minister of sport, was suggesting the SkyPath project is not viable," Darby said.
"SkyPath has been put through the wringer like no other transport project has. It has passed every possible test.
"It would be helpful if politicians made their statements and decisions based on evidence. And, if they did, they would be backing the SkyPath."
Darby said the successful tender for the project will be announced by the end of October.
"We were delighted with the very decent level of interest [in tendering] the project attracted.
"Looking forward, the future of Skypath is positive."