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From: Chris McCashin

Dear Wellington City Council,

Having been in Wellington coming up ten years now it has been somewhat depressing to watch the city go from where it was to where it is now. Whether it be ruining formerly the best street in Wellington (Island Bay parade), crime, significant rates rises, highest commercial rates, anti business policy, crumbling infrastructure, seemingly only wanting to represent cyclists, incompetent decision making on major projects, shocking fiscal management with this appearing to get worse, making access to public health harder?!, no accountability, to be fair it is really everything. Now the majority of this is a given, because central and local government are perhaps the most incompetent people I have ever dealt with. But then it turns out, that isn't the only problem with one of the Wellington City councilors actually saying the quiet part out loud. One of our elected officials, who turns out has decided she doesn't actually work to represent Wellingtonians decided to confirm that along with incompetence, councilors don't actually listen to consultation. On a recent interview and I quote with the following question from the interviewer Iona Pannett was asked the following.

"If there is an overwhelming number of people who do not want this you will not do this" with the response being

"That's not how we make decisions" - you can not make this stuff up!

So based on the above and given Wellington City Council doesn't listen to the ratepayer can you please provide the following

"Decision making process, outcome of consultation, cost / benefit analysis, financials, reports and recommendations" associated with the following projects

Library Project - from memory majority of submissions were against strengthening, ultimately I want to see why WCC decided to strengthen as opposed to other options

The Esplanade Slow Zone

Cobham Drive Pedestrian Lights

Newtown Cycleway - specifically outside the Wellington hospital - who on earth thought the design of this was a good thing?! At least if cyclists are skittled they will be able to walk to hospital but the driver won't be able to park anywhere!

Wellington Convention Centre - I would like to see the information when it was thought Peter Jackson was going to be a tenant, versus the information after when he decided he didn't want to be a part of the project.

Pedestrianizing Lambton Quay

Can you also please provide the following in relation to the councilors interview with Heather Du Plessis Allan associated with taking the speed limit down to 30km.

Ms Pannett mentioned that first of all we haven't decided to do this but are going to get some further work done. Please provide

Scope of the additional work
Cost of the additional work
Consultants engaged and / or likely to be engaged
Costs paid to the consultants to date & terms of reference associated with 30km speed zone
Ms Pannett was quoted as saying it was $8m dollars - please provide an itemised breakdown of this $8m dollars and what it relates to and the associated report
Ms Pannett mentioned it was not $44m dollars as it would be an enormous amount of money to spend and she understood the cost to be $8m. So two requests here
- Please provide the itemized costs associated with the $44m dollars and the associated report
- Ms Pannett then mentioned and I quote "No that is not what I understood at all, that's not what we were told the cost is $8m" - so I am assuming Ms Pannett has not read any of these reports as she doesn't appear to understand them - who is Ms Pannett relying on to tell her what the cost is? Would she be best to read the reports before going on radio?
- Please provide the reporting associated with the $327m that Heather Du Plessis Allan relies on
- Please provide the cost / benefit ratio where Ms Pannett states the "benefits massively outweigh the risks". Please provide this cost benefit analysis, terms of service associated with the report, consultants who completed the report and cost to do the cost benefit analysis

If you can go ahead and provide me the above information that would be much appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

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Tēnā koe Chris


Thank you for your email dated 18/09/2022 requesting information about the
Wellington City Council Decision Making / Consultation Processes for
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