Cycleway budget and iwi input debated
‘‘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.