This week Benson-Pope has been named as one of the councillor hearing commissioners for the Proposed 2GP.
At the full Council meeting held on Monday, 30 November last year, this report was tabled:
Report – Council – 30/11/2015 (PDF, 553.9 KB)
Infrastructure Performance During June 2015 Flood Event
In discussion of the item, Councillors provided individual views on low-lying land, flood conditions and future assistance for affected property owners.
Cr Benson-Pope was observed to say:
(confirmed by today’s YouTube release of the video record of the meeting)
“It is this Council’s policy that sea level rise and global warming exist, and I don’t think it’s useful for Councillors to keep propagating the myth that it’s all someone’s fantasy.”
Cr Benson-Pope continued:
“The other issue around this, of course …. is the fact that a lot of these issues are already being addressed in an incremental way over a longer term by the discussions that are happening now as part of the second generation plan, and I am hopeful as we all should be that the regulations and suggestions that are incorporated in that document will hold through the public process, so that management of the issue can be as good as it possibly can.”
Dunedin City Council Published on Dec 7, 2015
Dunedin City Council – Council Meeting – November 30 2015
Cr Benson-Pope appears to be telling the Mayor and Councillors, and the general public, what in his view the outcome of the review of the district plan (2GP) should be.
Like the seasoned politician he is I expect the Councillor will look to the symantics and tell us that was not at all the impression he intended to give in the heat of the moment.
But, People, he said it. Let’s think about that. Predetermined.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr