City Council loses injunction to halt Newtown cycleway works
Update: Wellington Council has lost Newtown cycleway injunction case, meaning all current work must be halted until September.
Newtown Grocer operator Urmila Bhana speaks to us about the lack of consultation from the City Council regarding the new Riddiford Street cycle lane.
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The entire situation has become a shining example of the distance between the city council and the people of Wellington, with some businesses describing it as a lack of democracy. When asked if she felt listened to, Urmila Bhana responded with a simple but firm “Absolutely not.” As of now, there have been no compromises made or solutions put in place to heal the wound that businesses are currently suffering from. In regards to alternative parking, Whanau responded “We’re certainly looking at that, as part of our wider campaign policy platform, we’re very much going to be looking at that area as well, and I’ll be making that public on June the 30th.” As of now, however, businesses have received nothing, and are certainly paying the price.
“Everyone in our community deserves safe streets. Cycle Wellington does not endorse boycotts of any business,” said CW spokesperson Patrick Morgan. “Everyone is entitled to express their view. Our preference is to engage constructively with the community.