New Te Whau pathway will be ‘intrusive’
A shared path intended to connect the community with nature will be invasive for the people who live there, residents say.
The Te Whau Pathway is a 12-kilometre shared path for both pedestrians and cyclists.
It would extend from Green Bay to Te Atatu Peninsula on the western edge of the Whau River.
But residents of Koromiko St in New Lynn were concerned the walkway, that will pass close by the back of their properties, will be intrusive.
Cliff Corcoran said the original plan was to have a 2-metre flat path going through the mangroves, but that concept had changed ‘‘quite a bit’’.
He said the walkway would now be raised, and 4-metres wide - making it ‘‘intrusive’’.
Down the road from Corcoran, Robert Kiddie was concerned about security, privacy and how the path would impact the ‘‘ecologically sensitive’’ area with mangroves.
‘‘We would be sitting in here [living room] and looking straight out onto the walkway,’’ Robert Kiddie said.
He and his wife, Gloria Kiddie, have lived on the street for 27 years.
They say the path’s lights will shine straight into their bedroom.