Earthquake Recovery Minister has delivered a pointed message to Canterbury local authorities:
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government is unwilling to tolerate undue delays over resource consents for new Christchurch subdivisions.
Mr Brownlee says local authorities cannot afford to have a business-as-usual approach to consenting subdivisions.
It sounds like the Minister is losing patience and if what I’ve been hearing is true he is justified.
His comment is aimed at Christchurch City Council, the Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils, Canterbury Regional Council and Christchurch Motorways. But the worst of the damage is in the CCC area and that appears to be where the least is happening.
Christchurch mayor Bob Parker did a very good job as the public face of the city immediately after the large earthquakes. But leadership requires more than reassurance.
People living in desperate situations are in limbo and council inaction is partly to blame for that.