Cy­cle­way bud­get and iwi in­put de­bated

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‘‘If the walk­way is that vi­tal to Taka­puwahia, I'm ap­palled we have not had a proper dis­cus­sion with them ’’

The need to con­trol ero­sion has seen the cost to ratepay­ers of the Ti­tahi Bay Rd cy­cle­way rise to $411,000.

That’s a spike in the con­tri­bu­tion from Porirua City Coun­cil since plans were out­lined in Au­gust, where it was ex­pected the cost would be $368,000.

The en­tire project, which will be car­ried out be­fore July, now has a price tag of $1.07 mil­lion, $345,000 more than orig­i­nally en­vis­aged.

The Na­tional Land Trans­port Fund will cover $379,000 and $280,000 will come from the Ur­ban Cy­cle­ways Fund.

The rise in cost is due to ero­sion con­trol that must be com­pleted be­fore the cy­cle­way is built. This es­ti­mate has come in at $200,000, ac­cord­ing to a re­port put be­fore Porirua City coun­cil­lors.

It is ex­pected all Ti­tahi Bay Rd will re­duce to 50kmh and the cy­cle­way is likely to be 2.6 me­tres wide, al­though com­mu­nity consultation still has to be col­lated.

Deputy mayor ‘Ana Cof­fey said the cy­cle­way would ben­e­fit cy­clists, pedes­tri­ans and con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween Onepoto and Wi­neera Dr.

The sub­ject of com­mu­nity feed­back was raised by coun­cil­lors Ken Dou­glas and Litea Ah Hoi, how­ever. They both voted against the in­creased con­tri- bu­tion from the coun­cil.

Dou­glas said the idea of a shared path­way for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists was a ‘‘dis­as­ter’’ and queried whether Ngati Toa had been prop­erly con­sulted. Ah Hoi echoed his sen­ti­ment. ‘‘What Ngati Toa orig­i­nally brought for­ward [a board­walk along­side the har­bour, nearly 10 years ago] was not man­age­able be­cause of the cost­ings,’’ she said. ’’If the walk­way is that vi­tal to Taka­puwahia, I’m ap­palled we have not had a proper dis­cus­sion with them about it and we are telling them what’s best for their vil­lage.’’

Coun­cil’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Tam­sin Evans was un­sure at the meet­ing to what de­gree Ngati Toa had been con­sulted, a state­ment later re­leased by the coun­cil said the iwi had been part of ‘‘gen­eral dis­cus­sions’’ on the cy­cle­way for months.

‘‘Re­cently we out­lined draft plans to [Ngati Toa’s] kau­matua coun­cil and have been given some good feed­back,’’ said coun­cil road­ing man­ager Ge­off Mar­shall.

Ngati Toa Ran­gatira ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Matiu Rei said there had been ‘‘lim­ited, but not con­clu­sive’’ dis­cus­sion with Porirua City Coun­cil about the project.

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