Gully costs

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Editor,

The let­ter to editor from Ca­role Nay­lor ( KMN, Au­gust 23), asks, ‘‘I trust the coun­cil is not giv­ing any sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing to­wards this project (Trans­mis­sion Gully)’’.

In PCC’s cur­rent 10-year plan, there is an amount of $97m to­wards the cost of Trans­mis­sion Gully link roads. That’s more than PCC has spent on road main­te­nance in the past 50 years, although given the state of our roads, most driv­ers and pas­sen­gers won’t be sur­prised.

The good news (not re­ally), is the coun­cil will bor­row the money.

The bad news is we can all look for­ward to more rate rises in ex­cess of in­fla­tion, as can our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

If you live near the pro­posed route of the road, drop a line to our mayor and chief ex­ec­u­tive, as they are al­ways on the look­out for new mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar re­serves.

ANDREW WELLUM, Cam­borne. PCC As­set Man­age­ment and Op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Peter Bai­ley re­sponds: Mr Wellum is wrong. As out­lined on page 56 of the 2009-2019 Long Term Plan, the $97.9 mil­lion is the full cost of the Trans­mis­sion Gully link roads. The coun­cil has planned in the LTP that Porirua ratepay­ers will con­trib­ute 5 per cent ($4 mil­lion) of the to­tal cost once sub­si­dies from the New Zealand Trans­port Agency are taken into ac­count.

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