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JULY 28, 2011
Grandstanding over the Basin
By REBECCA THOMSON
The proposal to build an $11
million stand at the Basin Res-
erve to lessen effects of a nearby
flyover has drawn criticism.
Wellington city councillor Iona
Pannett said she questioned New
Zealand Transport Agency s
motives in agreeing to pay for a
stand if the flyover was placed 20
metres north of the cricket
It does look like a buy-off, said
Ms Pannett. Why spend so much
money just to block out a road?
And from the Basin s perspective,
why would you want a massive
road just 20 metres away?
The agency has released two
options for the flyover.
Option A is to build a 380-metre
bridge 20 metres north of the
Basin at a cost of $75m.
Option B is to build a 440m
flyover 65m north of the ground
Agency state highways man-
ager Rod James said a decision
had not been made about a grand-
For a stand to proceed it would
need to demonstrate its suitability
as a mitigation measure, based on
how effective it would be at
addressing noise and visual
impacts, he said.
Basin Reserve Trust member
and city councillor John Morrison
said the agency and the trust had
been in discussions since 2008,
and a stand would go ahead if
option A was selected.
It s a legally binding arrange-
ment, said Mr Morrison. NZTA
is going to built a road. We ve
known that for a long time and
we ve had to mitigate the process.
The flyover would have an
impact on the Basin Reserve and
the logical solution is to build a
Mr James said the agency was
working closely with the trust to
find a solution.
We are committed to mitigat-
ing any noise and visual effects of
a bridge on this historic ground.
Any commitments to construc-
tion will need to wait until the
public have been consulted, inves-
tigation and design phases are
complete, and funding and statu-
tory approvals and appropriate
consents are in place.
Mr Morrison said the stand
would include changing rooms,
medical facilities and hospitality
facilities, and would lift the venue
to International Cricket Council
The last time we had an
upgrade was in 1998. We re short
of facilities, he said.
If we lost our standing as a test
cricket ground, which could
happen if we don t upgrade, the
Basin Reserve and all its historic
values would be lost.
Ms Pannett campaigned
against the flyover on behalf of
the Save the Basin Trust.
She said even if a stand was to
be built, a flyover would be visu-
As part of the Towards 2040
plan, the council was to turn Kent
and Cambridge terraces into tree-
lined boulevards, but what will
the flyover mean for that?
Ms Pannett said if a road had to
be built, it should be trenched.
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Road plan with the X factor
By REBECCA THOMSON
A new plan has emerged for the Basin
Reserve roading project.
A proposal, known as Option X,
released by the Architectural Centre
this week, shows a landscaped ped-
estrian bridge over Sussex and Buckle
streets connecting the memorial park
extension to the Basin Reserve.
The Architecture Centre is an inde-
pendent organisation of architects,
artists and designers interested in
urban planning and the environment.
Spokeswoman Christine McCarthy
said she hoped the New Zealand
Transport Agency would consider the
We have worked on a version for a
couple of years, said Ms McCarthy.
We are trying to employ a quantity
surveyor right now to get an accurate
costing of it.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said
Option X should be considered.
Any built solution will have to last
for decades, well past 2040, so we
should not make an unattractive
choice for Wellington and let short-
term thinking deprive us of good
urban design and a memorable mem-
orial park, she said.
Agency state highways manager
Rod James said the agency had not
received Option X as a submission, so
he was not in a position to speculate
on its feasibility.
However, we will consider the
merits of any feedback or other
proposals, based on the same criteria
that we assessed earlier options on,
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