A team of locals have banded together and threatened legal action over Nelson’s Future Access Plan. Photo: File

Legal action threatened over access plan


A team of ten local business and community groups are threatening legal action over Nelson’s Future Access Plan.

The group, which includes Progress Nelson Tasman, Nelson Tasman AA, the Nelson City Business Association and the Nelson Environment Action Group, say the project is biased and that they have lost faith in the Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency.

In a letter sent to various councillors and NZTA management, the group says unless two of the proposed options are taken off the table, they will instigate cease and desist legal proceedings.

The options in question involve either priority lanes or widening the waterfront State Highway to four lanes plus a shared cycle-path.

The groups say the material that has been provided to the public is misleading and incomplete.

“Waka Kotahi/NZTA and the councils were and are obliged to consult with any affected person in relation to the preparation of the Regional Land Transport Strategy including as it relates to these proposed future transport alternatives.”

They say the stages of any consultation on any proposal must include a detailed assessment of the implications for the property owners or road users along the route of Option 1 and 2.

“There is no evidence that a Safety Audit has been undertaken as is required by Waka Kotahi/NZTA’s procedures where safety is a significant effect.”

The groups also say the NZTA provided wrong measurements and misleading visuals in the public consultation and NFAP feedback.

Calculations made by the signatories claim numerous homes, businesses and historic buildings would be affected.

They say their measurements indicated almost 60 residents would lose their front yards by one metre to six metres.

“We remind Waka Kotahi/NZTA that it has faced the same legal ramifications in the past over this matter. That it presumes to attempt the same ruse now is a frustrating and disappointing attitude in the face of a community goaded beyond endurance by this latest round of wasteful, inaccurate, and incompetent manoeuvrings.”