West Auckland residents are fuming after taxpayer money amounting to $192,000 was spent painting a local intersection bright blue as part of an under-fire pedestrian safety trial, Newshub reports. Auckland Council’s contentious Henderson Streets for People trial has sparked outrage in the West Auckland community following the supposed revamp of the suburb’s town centre, increased drive times, disrupted foot traffic, and impacted local businesses. Documents obtained via the Official Information Act show the trialled changes – many of which will soon be removed – cost taxpayers and Auckland ratepayers a stinging total of $851,069.

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