Nice to have, or must have?

The Northland Age - - Opinion - COUN­CIL­LOR FELIC­ITY FOY

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

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