Nice to have, or must have?
Are you supportive of spending $21 million on cycle trails, $4.5-$5.5 million to re-do the Opua to Taumarere Cycle Trail, plus $16.7 million to provide create new cycle trails?
The $16.7 million is proposed for the new cycle trail works over the next 10 years. Some areas of the district have no cycle trails at all (such as the Kaitaia areathe Te Hiku ward), however cycle trails are paid for like roads — from the general rate.
No cycle trials are proposed in the Kaitaia area/the Te Hiku ward within the next 10 years as part of the Twin Coast Discovery Route. If they do get done within the Te Hiku ward, they will cost an extra $22.6 million to be established from Kerikeri to Awanui.
Unlike roads, cycle trails are not located in all areas within the Far North. If you live hours from the nearest cycle trail, or right next to it, you all pay out of your rates (just like roads), through the general rate.
I have asked questions about this amount of spending and these cycle trails are cycle trails a “nice to have” or a “must have”? Do you agree with spending this much (with everyone paying) on this infrastructure; when our roads and other “essential” infrastructure are aging and need so much financial investment? Do ratepayers want more funds spent on improving our existing infrastructure first — before we establish more cycle trails?
Do you love cycle trails and support this spending? Are you not supportive about this spending?
I’m sure that you may also have some questions or matters that you wish to raise. Make a submission to the FNDC long term plan www.fndc.govt.nz/ communication/consultation