Letter to the Editor NZ Herald, published Sat 23 November.
Auckland Transport’s Rick Walden is being disingenuous in saying the public will be consulted about the proposed east-west link motorway after routes have been assessed.
What he means is the public will be told what is going to happen, whether they like it or not, and the residents who remain in Mangere and Otahuhu will get a say on what colour the sound barrier will be.
This is not consultation. The lack of information available to the residents whose lives will be disrupted is disgraceful.
It is impossible to believe Auckland Transport would contemplate behaving in this manner if the suburbs involved were inhabited by wealthier citizens.
Auckland is already one of the most socio-economically stratified cities in the developed world.
Secretive planning and inappropriate transport projects such as the east-west link will make this even worse.
Donna Wynd, Otahuhu.by