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.