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Labour MPs veto discussion of Town Belt Sale

Wellington Central National List MP Annabel Young says Labour is “gutless” for refusing to allow discussion in Parliament today of the proposed sale of the Town Belt land by Capital Coast Health.

Ms Young, who is calling for a halt to the sale of the land, said today the fact that Labour’s Marian Hobbs and Health Minister Annette King steadfastly refused to discuss any details relating to the proposed sale of the old chest hospital site, only increased speculation that the sale was infact going ahead.

According to opposed action group Friends of the Wellington Town Belt, the land has been declared surplus to Capital Coast’s requirements, making it available for sale.

It is understood the health authority has marketed the land for sale and entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with a property developer.

“Speculation over the possible sale of this land is rife among the Wellington community,” said Ms Young.

“Many interest groups and the Wellington City Council have sought legal assistance in an effort to halt any consummation of the condition Sale and Purchase Agreement, and to ensure the rightful reinstatement of the land into the Town Belt.

“The mere fact Marion Hobbs and Annette King allowed Labour to veto discussion in Parliament today is gutless, and does nothing to put to rest worried the minds of Wellington people,” said Ms Young.

“If they have nothing to hide, why have they not said so?,” she said.


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