Landowners fighting a council taking part of their properties without compensation have been offered ex-gratia payments that would end their right to legally contest the acquisitions.
One landowner called the offer "hush money" and another labelled it a "bribe" that would prevent them being able to challenge Hamilton City Council in the Land Valuation Tribunal.
And now a complaint has been made to police by one of the couples asking that the acquisition of their land be investigated as theft. But the council rejected that notion, saying it had complied with the Public Works Act 1981 throughout the process.
The council is widening Peacockes Rd, south of the city, to make way for a $290 million subdivision of 8000 homes to be built over 30 years. NZ Herald - Property: 27-June-2020