Consent delay for Waipaoa cycleway

EDITORIAL

A recent update for councillors covered a little more on the cycleway that will connect the end of the Oneroa walkway at Midway out to the Waipaoa rivermouth.

Eastland Community Trust (ECT) has granted up to $1 million to create the cycleway, which will cross council and private Maori-owned land under the guardianship of the Kopututea Trust.

The June council activities report says the three metre-wide concrete cycleway will start at the Olympic Pool Complex and run alongside the road, and past the Millennium Wall in Centennial Marine Drive. From there it will cross and continue behind the beach to approximately the carpark near Pacific Street (subject to funds). From there a limestone chip 2.5-to-3-metre-wide trail will follow existing four-wheel drive tracks through Kopututea land to the Waipaoa rivermouth.

The information for councillors said construction for the concrete path should be completed by September 2019, with the chip seal completed by December 2019.

Later information provided in response to a request from The Herald has amended the completion date, saying this project will not be complete in time for Te Ha 1769 sestercentennial commemorations.

GDC says the proposed cycle and walkway trail alignment has been confirmed. A construction contract has not been awarded yet. Quotes have been obtained from local contractors and a recommendation has been made to progress negotiations with the lowest price-conforming contractor, subject to receiving resource consent.

There had been delays in obtaining a consent and the council was working through this process, which had deferred the construction start and completion dates.

However, progress had been made on access options for the extension of the trail to the Waipaoa River stopbanks. As part of a resource consent application to raise the stopbanks, the council previously applied for cycle tracks to run along them. That was declined by the independent commissioner who heard the application. He said the proposal was not sufficiently developed and that seeking consent later would allow time for discussions with landowners and other potentially-affected parties.

A recent update for councillors covered a little more on the cycleway that will connect the end of the Oneroa walkway at Midway out to the Waipaoa rivermouth.

Eastland Community Trust (ECT) has granted up to $1 million to create the cycleway, which will cross council and private Maori-owned land under the guardianship of the Kopututea Trust.

The June council activities report says the three metre-wide concrete cycleway will start at the Olympic Pool Complex and run alongside the road, and past the Millennium Wall in Centennial Marine Drive. From there it will cross and continue behind the beach to approximately the carpark near Pacific Street (subject to funds). From there a limestone chip 2.5-to-3-metre-wide trail will follow existing four-wheel drive tracks through Kopututea land to the Waipaoa rivermouth.

The information for councillors said construction for the concrete path should be completed by September 2019, with the chip seal completed by December 2019.

Later information provided in response to a request from The Herald has amended the completion date, saying this project will not be complete in time for Te Ha 1769 sestercentennial commemorations.

GDC says the proposed cycle and walkway trail alignment has been confirmed. A construction contract has not been awarded yet. Quotes have been obtained from local contractors and a recommendation has been made to progress negotiations with the lowest price-conforming contractor, subject to receiving resource consent.

There had been delays in obtaining a consent and the council was working through this process, which had deferred the construction start and completion dates.

However, progress had been made on access options for the extension of the trail to the Waipaoa River stopbanks. As part of a resource consent application to raise the stopbanks, the council previously applied for cycle tracks to run along them. That was declined by the independent commissioner who heard the application. He said the proposal was not sufficiently developed and that seeking consent later would allow time for discussions with landowners and other potentially-affected parties.

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Jack Marshall - 2 months ago
This is going to be such an asset. Next up I'd love to see a focus on cycling paths on the roads around Gisborne. We live in such a flat, physically tight-knit community, cycling and walking should be the primary mode of transport in the heart of the city. Why spend money on petrol when you can get a little exercise!

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