Papamoa walkway 'too expensive'

By Genevieve Helliwell

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The controversial walkway that will snake through Papamoa residential subdivisions will cost Tauranga ratepayers more than $100,000.

Construction on the first part of the walkway - between Gravatt Rd and Palm Beach Boulevard - began on March 8.

Figures released to the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend reveal this section will cost around $47,000.

Work on the next section - between Palm Beach Boulevard to Hartford Ave - is planned for April and May and is expected to cost around $58,000.

The $105,000 total cost of the project has upset local resident Tom Ross. Work on the pathway has begun outside his Monterey Key home.

"It's too much money to spend," he said.

"And it's not a pathway, it's a road. It's 3m wide at least but it looks bigger. They've already started on it outside our place and we're over it."

"Last night there were people riding their bikes and it was really noisy. It's a nightmare."

Resident John Pitt wondered how the council could afford to pay for the "unnecessary" pathway.

Another resident, who would not be named, could not understand why the council would spend that amount of money on something the community did not want.

"I believe the money could absolutely be better spent elsewhere in the community, on things like pedestrian crossings outside schools or the Mount Hot Pools or disabled crossings or at community centres," he said.

"They could also spend the money on putting seating throughout the reserve or more rubbish bins in so people can sit down and enjoy the area when they're walking through."

The man contacted the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend after the newspaper investigated the issue and published findings of a survey of Papamoa residents.

"I am opposed to this at all levels. This is something that will serve no purpose because people already walk along the reserve," he said.

Tauranga City Council spokesperson Marcel Currin said the walkway was "one small part" of the council's larger pedestrian and cycleway network, which would be constructed through the Papamoa stormwater reserves. The network will eventually see a walking and cycle link from Pacific View Rd to Wairakei Reserve, in Papamoa East.

The plan for the walkway was first proposed by council in 2006.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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