Auckland Council brass and Len Brown are trying desperately to distance themselves from the Ports expansion
Auckland Council brass and Len Brown are trying desperately to distance themselves from the Ports expansion with PR spun porkies.
Today the Council is saying ‘heads might roll’ and that ‘it didn’t know anything about the wharf expansion’ which they claim should have been communicated to Council by POAL.
Heads could roll over Ports of Auckland expansion plans, according to a senior Auckland Council source.
Auckland Council has started to flex its muscles on plans by the ports company to build two massive wharf extensions nearly 100m into the Waitemata Harbour.
Council chief executive Stephen Town has written a letter to the council body overseeing Ports of Auckland asking it to “encourage” port bosses to halt the extensions until a wide-ranging port study is done.
Mr Town and councillors have also delivered a firm message to the port company to become more engaged with the community.
“It is my view that Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) has not engaged sufficiently with key stakeholders, or the public at large, in relation to the proposed wharf extensions,” Mr Town said in his letter to Auckland Council Investments Ltd (ACIL).
Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse told a council meeting yesterday the letter contained an “iron fist in a velvet glove”. If all else failed there was a “thermonuclear” option.
A senior council officer indicated the “thermonuclear” option could see heads roll.