Million-dollar package for work-affected area
A community strained by the State Highway 20 Waterview Connection project has got a multi-million dollar recompense package heading its way.
The Albert-Eden Local Board is to receive $2.9 million from the New Zealand Transport Agency over the next five years.
It comes as compensation for the disruption caused in Waterview by the motorway project.
It also covers property acquisitions and lease payments.
The money is part of $8 million being paid to the Auckland Council by the agency and is being spread among the local board areas impacted by the work.
Henderson-Massey Local Board and Whau Local Board will also receive a share.
Planning for how the money will be spent is still under way but parks will be a priority.
Albert-Eden Local Board member Margi Watson says the fund is a silver lining to the arrival of the motorway.
‘‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a community to do something really good.
‘‘It will be spent in the area affected and not on the other side of the region. The rest of the region will get the benefit of the project when they have a better connected motorway,’’ she says.
Mrs Watson says some of the park projects will be as simple as replacing signage while others will involve purchasing land.
‘‘There’s not much more I can say really until a list of projects has been made,’’ she says.
The NZTA is undertaking a number of other restorative ventures in the area including helping to fund a rebuild of Waterview Primary School.
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Silver lining: The Albert-Eden Local Board is to receive $2.9 million from the New Zealand Transport Agency over the next five years as compensation for the disruption caused in Waterview by the motorway project.