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Ticky Tacky Houses for the West Undeserved

Ticky Tacky Houses for the West Undeserved Says Councillor Candidate Christine Rose

“National's proposals for mass-produced housing projects, while letting developers off the hook for costs they incur, spell disaster for West Auckland and its residents”, Waitakere Councillor candidate Christine Rose said today.

‘Too many Westies live already in badly built, cramped, noisy and damp conditions, where they are socially isolated and car-dependent. The Government’s proposals for more sprawl on the city’s outskirts are cheap and nasty, while families and the environment will carry the costs, not the developers who profit from them”.

Mrs Rose who the Chair of the Auckland Regional Council’s Transport and urban Development committee until 2010.

Last week Maurice Williamson, Building and Construction Minister announced plans for bulk building construction, and Housing Minister Nick Smith declared a reduction in the charges developers would pay for services in new subdivisions.

Mrs Rose says that in her 15 years in local government, Councils worked with developers to create fair, reasonable and transparent charges which reflected the costs incurred, and the standards required to fit subdivisions into Council networks.

“To arbitrarily change the services developers pay for, and the standards they must meet, runs the risk of short cuts, and Councils and ratepayers picking up the costs. We should learn as a society from the leaky building fiasco, and remember that the unregulated free market has served residents so badly. West Aucklanders don’t deserve to live in ticky tacky little boxes, no matter how desperate they are for a home of their own”.


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