A pathway to connect Titahi Bay with CBD
A $1 million connection between Titahi Bay and Porirua city centre could be built in the next 12 months.
A 1.45km pathway along the Porirua Harbour edge of Titahi Bay Rd, between Onepoto Rd and Wineera Dr, has been confirmed by Porirua City Council.
It will cost the council $368,000 and the NZ Transport Agency will contribute $702,000 from its Urban Cycle and National Transport funds.
It has been in the Long Term Plan for nearly 10 years and it was exciting to get to consultation stage, Porirua deputy mayor Ana Coffey said.
‘‘Takapuwahia had a promenade as part of its village plan but the funds have never become available, until now,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s fantastic to have something on the table that will connect Takapuwahia, Titahi Bay and the city.’’
The mention of ’’cycleway’’ can make people nervous, but Coffey was confident the process would be thorough.
‘‘We need to get this right and have something that works for cars and pedestrians.’’
However, Porirua mayoral candidate Liz Kelly said she was disappointed the council’s vision for the harbour was limited to a cycleway.
‘‘If we’re serious about revitalising our CBD, a board- walk is what’s needed,’’ she said. ‘‘We only need to look at New Plymouth, Whangarei and Wellington to see the growth, vibrancy and active participation that occurs when boardwalks are developed and access to the water’s edge is provided.’’
A public meeting will be held at Titahi Bay Intermediate from 7pm on Wednesday, August 17.
Council roading manager Geoff Marshall said an option for people to run, walk or cycle alongside Porirua Harbour, separate from a busy road, would be attractive to many.
‘‘The pathway will improve safety and make it easier for people to get to the city for work, education or to use facilities like the Aquatic Centre and Porirua Library,’’ he said.
Works could include street lighting along the western side of Titahi Bay Rd, some erosion control and a pathway between the current road and top of the bank on the seaward side.
As well as the public meeting, consultation sessions will be held for students at Titahi Bay Intermediate School and Titahi Bay School, and with local iwi Ngati Toa.
A $1 million cycleway will be built alongside Titahi Bay Rd