Shared path­way brought for­ward

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JARED NI­COLL

Strength­en­ing Porirua CBD’s con­nec­tion to Ti­tahi Bay has shot to the top of the agenda for city lead­ers.

Af­ter con­sid­er­ing pub­lic feed­back on ma­jor mat­ters out­lined in the draft Long-Term plan for 2018-38, Porirua City coun­cil­lors have agreed to bring for­ward $400,000 to 2018/2019 to com­plete fea­si­bil­ity plans, de­sign and con­sent work for a shared path­way be­tween Onepoto Rd and Wi Neera Drive.

Coun­cil­lors also agreed to bring for­ward the remaining $2.6 mil­lion cost to com­plete con­struc­tion in 2019/2020.

The idea is to make it eas­ier and safer for cy­clists, scoot­ers and walk­ers com­ing to and from Ti­tahi Bay along this busy stretch of road by also adding a kerb bar­rier and marker posts - all thanks in part to a $1.5m sub­sidy from the NZTA.

Western ward coun­cil­lor ‘Ana Cof­fey said the com­mu­nity’s sus­tained ef­fort earned a unan­i­mous coun­cil de­ci­sion.

Work on the path­way was stopped late last year, when the bud­get was about $1.7m, be­cause the coun­cil said it was go­ing to cost more to fix ero­sion is­sues.

‘‘The ups and downs have been frus­trat­ing but I’ve fought to keep this pro­ject alive in the last three Long-Term Plans,’’ she said.

‘‘Please keep the or­gan­i­sa­tion ac­count­able and con­tinue the sup­port. We need to show NZTA how im­por­tant this piece of in­fra­struc­ture is to the many cy­clists - and wannabe cy­clists - in Ti­tahi Bay.’’

Other bud­get vari­a­tions de­cided by coun­cil in­cluded a $200,000 sec­ond dog park on part of Plim­mer­ton Do­main with two ar­eas, one for small dogs and one for large, which north­ern ward coun­cil­lor Anita Baker de­scribed as ‘‘long over­due’’.

Coun­cil­lors also signed off $280,000 to up­grade bas­ket­ball courts in Can­nons Creek, and $50,000 each year for sub­sidised re­cy­cling in schools and preschools.

An $8m in­vest­ment was in­cluded in seven years’ time for a part­ner­ship pro­ject to re­vi­talise East­ern Porirua. Fur­ther work will be done with the com­mu­nity on this over the next three years and to iden­tify ap­pro­pri­ate in­vest­ment part­ners.

De­ci­sions were also made to not spend money. Coun­cil­lors de­cided not to al­lo­cate $11m for strate­gic prop­erty pur­chas­ing; pur­chas­ing will con­tinue to be made on a case-by-case ba­sis.

Mayor Mike Tana felt happy with where the de­ci­sions landed.

‘‘The com­mit­tee agreed to bring for­ward fund­ing of $2.4m to up­grade in­ter­sec­tions at Whit­ford Brown Ave and Pa­pako¯whai Rd, $1.2m at Whit­ford Brown Ave and Okowai Road and $0.9 mil­lion at Kenepuru Drive and Raiha St,’’ Tana said.

‘‘These safety im­prove­ments will also sup­port growth into the fu­ture, par­tic­u­larly once the link roads from Transmission Gully High­way are open and new sub­di­vi­sions are com­pleted.

‘‘We’re also bring­ing for­ward $18m over the next 10 years to up­grade our stormwa­ter, waste­water and water sup­ply ser­vices and, in later years, our Waste­water Treat­ment Plant.’’

Tana said the pro­jected av­er­age rates in­crease - to be con­firmed at a meet­ing on June 27 - could be re­duced from the pro­posed 5.25 per cent to hope­fully un­der 5 per cent.

JARED NI­COLL

The path­way will strengthen the link be­tween res­i­dents in Ti­tahi Bay and the cen­tral city. 'Ana Cof­fey

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