A path­way to con­nect Ti­tahi Bay with CBD

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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

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