Councillor David Bassett tendered his resignation in June 14 to the CEO of Hutt City Council Jo Miller.
At the time there was little knowledge as to the reason such an experienced councillor of 14 years had taken this course of action.
There is no doubt there is dysfunction at the council table, about how things are being managed, but to take the step of standing down and causing a By Election in the Central Ward is a last resort to express ones disappointment the direction the sitting council is taking.
The following post from Facebook is a group letter from Councillors sent to the Mayor requesting he stand down and provides some insight into this level of disagreement that is occurring at the Hutt City Council table – basically older councillors versus the new – Whatever way it is viewed the ratepayers deserve a functioning council that takes all points into consideration, without the need for a $50,000 (estimated) By Election in the Central Ward.
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Roughly 108,000 people live in the Hutt Valley region, and with a steady increase in population, a more resilient transport system is vital for the region’s continued urban and economic growth, Melling interchange is an essential part of that.
The Melling Interchange is but one part of the RiverLink programme, which is a multi-organisation programme of three separate but interdependent projects relating to flood protection, urban development and transport improvements. Together this project will spend around $260 million. This is the biggest development project in the Hutt Valley, I believe. The flood protection that goes hand in hand with the Melling bridge intersection with this project is paramount, and we need protection from the river, as the Hutt Valley is one of the largest urban areas in a flood plain.
Of course everyone is claiming political mileage out of this spend, and given the size of the project it is no wonder, after all with nothing else on the horizon this is the number one issue, front and centre.