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Speedway amendment killed by Labour, Greens

Speedway amendment killed by Labour, Greens

Auckland speedway enthusiasts will be angry that Labour and the Greens today rejected amendments that would have saved the 75-year old Western Springs Speedway, says National’s Environment spokesman, Nick Smith.

He was commenting after an amendment to the Resource Management Act was lost by 63 votes to 52.

The amendment sought to change clause 20 of the RMA. Such an amendment would enable any council, when introducing a district plan change, to also decide whether, in the interim, the existing or new provision would apply. The current law states that whatever is the more stringent applies in the interim.

Dr Smith says the amendment could have enabled the Auckland City Council to change its plan in a timely way to enable the speedway to continue.

“By rejecting this change, Labour and the Greens have disempowered councils from responding to local issues in a timely way. These two parties have, effectively, legislated to allow a small minority of just 78 people, all of whom purchased their homes after the speedway was established, to override 50,000 people who support the speedway and the Auckland City Council.

“The rejection of this amendment is anti-democratic. The Labour and Green parties clearly do not trust councils to make sensible rules for their communities.

“I am disappointed for the speedway and its many supporters. The only way to save it now is to change the government next month,” says Dr Smith.


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