Press Release – Affordable Auckland
“It seems the grumpy ‘mind everyone else’s business’ neighbourhood busybodies are loose in Arch Hill with their petition to stop Bunnings getting resource consent to build in the area,” says Affordable Auckland Waitemata & Gulf candidate, Stephen Berry.
“I want the ward I aspire to represent to be economically successful and its residents gainfully employed. That’s why the building of this Bunnings warehouse has my full support,” Berry says. “It seems ludicrous to me that a group of residents could allow their blind nimbyism to cloud their rational faculties, duping themselves into supporting increased unemployment. Fewer jobs are exactly what the opponents of retail construction support!”
The Affordable Auckland party believes that Auckland will be more prosperous if the development of private property is not subject to hold ups caused by individuals objecting to land use when it has no effect on their own properties. Berry says, “The reason housing is unaffordable in Auckland is because of these council mandated roadblocks. Compliance costs, resource consent processes and the power of a few curmudgeons to halt progress and growth are major contributions to greater building costs. Even companies which seek to create hundreds of jobs in their local communities are reduced to asking permission to do so.
“An Affordable Auckland Council will take steps to streamline the consent process as much as possible; increasing housing affordability, business profitability and economic growth in the region. Only those whose properties may be directly affected should have any say in these developments. Professional moaners who want to whinge about ‘community vibe,’ such as these anti-Bunnings residents, should not continue to be permitted to act as a burden on the productive and constructive.”
Affordable Auckland is one of six local body political parties contesting the 2013 local elections under the Affordable City umbrella. More parties will be announced soon.