Tree clear­ing re­veals views across river

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JA­NINE RANKIN

A row of pine trees has been removed weeks be­fore the con­struc­tion of Palmer­ston North’s planned cy­cle and foot bridge across the Manawatū River be­ings to avoid birds build­ing nests.

Work could start on the He Ara Ko­tahi bridge by the end of Oc­to­ber, with three ten­ders un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

Steer­ing group chairman Ray Swadel said it was a con­di­tion of the re­source con­sent that the pines should go be­fore the end of Septem­ber, to en­sure no ruru, or more­pork, es­tab­lished nests there that would later have to be dis­turbed.

The con­tract would be let after the city coun­cil de­cided which ten­der to ac­cept at a spe­cial, public-ex­cluded meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 16.

Swadel said the fi­nal route for a link­ing path­way to Massey had not been con­firmed, but stage two of the path­way from near the Tu­ritea Stream to Bells Rd at Lin­ton had been set­tled.

At the mo­ment, the path­way ends about 200 me­tres short of the stream, where a bridge would have to be built.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for re­source con­sents were be­ing pre­pared.

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