$4.6m of cy­cle trail still not paid for

The Southland Times - - NEWS - EVAN HARDING

The Around the Moun­tains Cy­cle Trail has so far in­curred costs of $10.4 mil­lion, but $4.6 mil­lion has not been paid for, a South­land District Coun­cil re­port says.

Coun­cil­lors con­sid­ered the op­tions for fund­ing the out­stand­ing $4.6m at a meet­ing of the Around the Moun­tains Cy­cle Trail Project sub­com­mit­tee yes­ter­day.

Op­tions are to pay the money from rates with a 30-year loan; pay the money from coun­cil re­serves, or a com­bi­na­tion re­serves.

The pre­ferred op­tion in the re­port to the sub­com­mit­tee mem­bers was for the money to be paid by way of loan over 30 years.

The rec­om­men­da­tion, which was agreed on, was for the fund­ing de­ci­sion to go out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion as part of the coun­cil’s 2018-28 long-term plan in March.

Be­fore the mat­ter is put out in the long term plan, the full coun­cil is ex­pected to agree to that way for­ward.

The coun­cil has pre­vi­ously put of loan and off de­cid­ing how it would fund the out­stand­ing $4.6m un­til an En­vi­ron­ment Court de­ci­sion it was in­volved in had been reached.

The En­vi­ron­ment Court de­ci­sion re­sulted in the pro­posed route up the Oreti River val­ley no longer be­ing a vi­able op­tion.

The coun­cil has yet to de­cide how and whether it will com­plete the trail and what the ex­tra costs may be.

No de­ci­sions will be made un­til a busi­ness case with cost­ings has been fi­nalised.

The orig­i­nal es­ti­mated cost of the trail, from Kingston to Wal­ter Peak, was $8m, with some ratepay­ers hav­ing ex­pressed con­cerns at the cost over-runs and how it would af­fect their rates.

How­ever, oth­ers have sup­ported the con­struc­tion of the trail on the ba­sis it pro­vides recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors, and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for those lo­cated near the trail.

Oth­ers have ex­pressed con­cerns over the lack of de­tail in re­gards to fund­ing and on­go­ing main­te­nance.

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