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Greco runs for council, slams Eagle over cycleway Continued from page 1. A new Island Bay seawall was constructed in 2016 at a cost of $1.3 million after the old one was seriously eroded from storms in 2013 and 2015. “In the Council’s original plans they wanted to get rid of the seawall and the roadway and join the beach to Shorland Park, even though most of the feedback given to them was ‘let’s investigate the options’. “The community were adamant they wanted that seawall repaired and they wanted the Esplanade to remain open.” The Council’s “compromise” to fix the cycleway, which replaced an orthodox one in 2015 after much local opposition, was the last straw for Vicki. Mayor Justin Lester said the Council had delivered on “31 of 34 bottom lines” set out by residents, but Vicki strongly disagrees. “There weren’t 34 bottom lines. We had eight requirements, each with bullet points. We clearly pointed out we wanted a wide parade and a roadside cycleway, as it was originally. “Justin’s compromise is ‘do what I want’.” Vicki was “gobsmacked” when Paul Eagle, who had campaigned for a solution, voted for

Vicki Greco and then Southern Ward councillor Paul Eagle in 2016, when they were united in their opposition to the cycleway. PHOTO: Cook Strait News File

a proposal that she says will put pedestrians’ lives at risk. “What Paul has done is unforgivable. I was a very committed supporter of Paul,” she says. “To all those people I said to support him, I owe them an apology. I truly believed he would do the right thing. It’s cut me to the heart.” In response, Paul says that prior to the council meeting Vicki had been supportive of the compromise.

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have had enough. “Once I had provided further detail for those who were initially unsure, they were relieved that the existing design was definitely going.” He says he had always supported Option E but warned that it would never get the eight votes needed to be passed. “It’s unfortunate that Vicki has decided to use this issue to front her election campaign for council.”

Southern ward nominations open Nominations have opened for candidates to stand for the Wellington City Council in the Southern ward. A by-election will be held to fill the seat vacated by Councillor Paul Eagle who was elected MP for Rongotai in last month’s general election. Completed nomination doc-

uments must be received by the Electoral Officer by noon on Thursday, October 26. The Southern ward covers Berhampore, Brooklyn, Island Bay, Kingston, Mornington, Newtown, Owhiro Bay, Southgate and Vogeltown. Residents of the ward will be encouraged to cast their votes

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“But after presenting the design to the residents’ association committee, it became clear that she had failed to keep them informed and they rejected it. Two committee members resigned over the way the situation was handled.” “Councillors were confused by Vicki’s sudden flip-flop after she had informed many of her support. “All the feedback I’ve had has been positive – most people

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the Electoral Officer to obtain special voting papers when voting begins.  If you want to check you’re on the preliminary roll of electors, visit your local library or the Council offices on Wakefield Street before 5pm, October 26. ma We nu sto ka ck cre me


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