Mayor Mark Blumsky reading his statement – behind him in white is Deputy Mayor Kerry Prendergast, at far right is councillor Alec Shaw.
The Mayor answers questions, at left is Labour Councillor Sue Piper who is to be responsible for a new public consultation on waterfront issues.
A show of unity – the Wellington Alive/Labour coalition were out in force to support the Mayor in his latest attempt to regain control of the waterfront debate.
Wellington Mayor Mark Blumsky this morning made a statement to the people of Wellington on the controversial issue of “Variation 17” and on development on the waterfront. He said he wanted to find the middle ground between a paddock and a wall.
Opponents of the council's plans for the waterfront have dubbed Variation 17 the "Great Wall of Wellington".
Today the Mayor proposed a “People’s Waterfront Charter” which is designed to remove the heat and angst from the waterfront debate.
At this afternoon’s emergency council meeting on the waterfront the Wellington Alive/Labour coalition will propose an extension of the period for submissions on the waterfront till May 7.
In addition the council will undertake another public consultation towards making a council submission to the planning process fro the waterfront.
Questioned on whether his latest moves were a compromise the Mayor said they were the “right thing to do”.
Earlier this morning Waterfront Watch suggested that if the Mayor was seeking a compromise, it might have been sensible to consult with interested parties before making an announcement.
Asked about this the Mayor replied that Waterfront Watch had been far from inclusive when holding its public meeting in the Town Hall last week.