In a suburb beneath the bridge a battle has been raging over a path to allow people to use two legs instead of four wheels to cross the harbour.
As a region Auckland overwhelmingly supported the SkyPath…
Kaipataki Local Board transport lead Richard Hills said the feeling among the wider Northcote community was frustration at the group not asking them or fairly representing their opinion.
‘The people who oppose it are totally in their rights to oppose it and are completely justified but to oppose it on behalf of the entire community when a lot of it supports it has been one of the issues’ Mr Hills said.
NRA chairman Kevin Clarke said there were no longer any members in the association who supported the SkyPath because they had all left.
‘Thank God for that. They provided nothing. They did nothing.
They were there to destroy and they damn near achieved it.
They didn’t do anything positive.
They didn’t do anything constructive.
They didn’t do anything useful and they didn’t do anything to engage their mind in any of the problems that were blatantly presented by SkyPath’s hopelessly ill-resolved proposal’.
Mr Clarke also did not agree with the local board’s view that the community was actually in favour.
And when asked specifically about how many members had left over the actions taken by the NRA against the SkyPath Mr Clarke said:
‘I don’t want to go down this yibba-yabba path any more’.
(ed:..this one is kinda like those people who bought houses next to western springs speedway..and then made noise complaints against the speedway..as in what were they expecting..?
..these moaners have bought houses next to the noise-machine that is the harbour bridge..and they are opposing a cycleway..?
..on what grounds exactly..?..aside from nimbyism that is..
..hopefully the environment court will recognise them for what they are..and reject their appeal against the cycleway.
..’cos if the court does allow these nimbys to get their way..and blocks the cycleway..
..then you will see a grass-roots movement arise..roaring..and many of them clad in lycra..
..(now if these nimbys were opposing the cycleway on visual-pollution from exposure to excess lycra grounds..i would have some sympathy for their cause.
..but i suspect this is not the case..)