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Kia kaha, St Heliers

Right on! Auckland Transport has become an arrogant dictatorship and the good people of St Heliers have had enough. If you think calling AT an arrogant dictatorship is a bit harsh, even Phil Goff is calling for them to pull their head in. Quote.

Auckland Transport did not front a public meeting about safety improvement in St Heliers last night partly out of fear for the safety of staff.

More than 600 locals, many of them elderly, overflowed from two meeting rooms at the St Heliers Community Centre and booed when they heard AT had turned down an invitation to attend and explain itself.


[?]Tamaki MP Simon O’Connor said AT should not be implying the people of St Heliers are thugs and to be pushed around.
He said its failure to turn up was an affront to locals and to democracy, saying AT is accountable to the people and should front the community.


Last night’s meeting overwhelmingly opposed AT’s plans to increase the number of raised zebra pedestrian crossings in the seaside suburb from three to 15, build a new traffic island, widen part of Tamaki Drive and remove 40 car parks to improve safety.


Peter Jones, the chairman of the St Heliers Business Association, said the loss of 40 car parks represented 19 per cent of the 250 car parks in the village and caused serious problems for businesses competing with the Eastridge and Sylvia Park shopping centres.


[?] One man at the meeting said every car park in the village is worth $200 an hour to local restaurants. That meant $8000 a week or $3 million a year being sucked out of restaurants.


[?] One young man got up to speak in favour of the changes, saying he did not want to be living with the consequences of being hit by a car in future. End of quote.

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