Nick Smith is not satisfied with making us pay through the nose for a road that makes no economic sense. Nope, he’s now going to force it on us extra fast, with less chance for us to tell him what we think of it.
Transmission Gully will now be going through his new Board of Inquiry process, that allows the Government to get projects around the Resource Management Act easily.
The first project that is being sent to this fast-track process is Auckland’s Waterview connection – one of the rare cases where such an over-riding of consultation process would make sense. Very clever, so that no-one complains about the process.
But second up: a project with a cost-benefit analysis of 0.6 – even worse that the Puhoi-Wellsford link that Key & Joyce want so badly for their holiday homes.
0.6 means that for every $100 they spend, they might as well burn $40. That’d actually be an improvement on the road, as it might keep some people warm in winter.
And now – it’s to be forced through with low scrutiny. Gotta love this Government’s economic ability and belief in accountability.