$1.3m for Parade makeover

By Sophie Price

14 comments
ICONIC: Councillors voted to spend a further $1.3 million on the Marine Parade redevelopment. PHOTO/FILE
ICONIC: Councillors voted to spend a further $1.3 million on the Marine Parade redevelopment. PHOTO/FILE

In what was dubbed to be an investment in the city's future, Napier councillors voted to spend a further $1.3 million on the Marine Parade redevelopment.

A unanimous decision was made at yesterday's city development meeting on the preferred option to consult with the public to spend the extra money on the second stage of the revitalisation of the city's foreshore.

In her report to the meeting, council's community development manager Antoinette Campbell said Marine Parade was considered "iconic" to Napier and any development in this area be at a level that maintains this objective.

"There will be benefits to locals through enhanced facilities for both passive and recreational activities," she said.

"It will provide an enhanced experience for visitors to Napier, and be a valuable attraction and point of difference."

She said funding the redevelopment through a loan was considered appropriate given the long term nature of the asset and its intergenerational qualities.

"This would be funded through an internal loan, with servicing costs of $87,670 per annum," she said.

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton agreed with her saying it made "absolute sense" for the council to proceed with it as it had the capacity to borrow internally.

He said as the council was in a very strong financial position it made sense to spend the extra money.

"To date none of the money that is going into this project comes out of rates so this is all non-rate money its comes from reserves," he said.

"[Except for] a small amount of debt which is funded out of rates."

Councillor Michelle Pyke said the redevelopment was well worth the investment.

"It is well worth doing once and doing it right," she said.

"Two generations have been waiting for this to happen and this is also going to carry Napier City forward at least another two generations."

The driving force behind the redevelopment councillor Keith Price, said Marine Parade was an "outstanding asset" for the city.

"Marine Parade is talked about all the time and seen as the main area of Napier," he said.

"[So the] one thing that we don't want to do here is go second rate.

"By imputing the extra money that we are talking about gives us that good product and it really, really finishes that part of Marine Parade off it gives it a flow right down that area."

- Hawkes Bay Today

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW

Have your say

1200 characters left

By and large our readers' comments are respectful and courteous. We're sure you'll fit in well.
View commenting guidelines.

Sort by
  • Oldest

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf03 at 20 Jan 2017 13:53:00 Processing Time: 504ms