Two million price tag puts off-road route off the table

This route from Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve to West Hoe Heights (marked in red) looks unlikely to be built, due to cost. It connects with the routes marked in green and yellow, which are to be delivered by developers.

The Greenways Plan adopted by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board in 2016, at a cost of $18,000, identified a number of largely off-road routes that could be created for use by walkers, cyclists, horse riders and scooters.

However, one of the local board’s high priority Hibiscus Coast routes will not be feasible, largely because of the cost.

Last month, Auckland Council staff presented a 320-page feasibility study that looked at seven of the local board’s priority routes, three of which are on the Hibiscus Coast.

It concluded that the focus should be on creating the Centennial Greenway Path on the North Shore.

Second in line is a section of the suggested route from Eave’s Bush to West Hoe Heights, although local board member David Cooper noted at the meeting that at an estimated cost of more than $2.2 million, this route is well beyond the board’s budget.

“All this work is a bit theoretical, given the fact that we’ll never be able to afford it,” he said.

The report says that delivery of this route will also be “difficult” because landowner approvals will be necessary, but at the same time it would be a significant route, that would be used by large number of walkers and cyclists.

The local board voted to accept the report’s recommendation that it proceed with the Centennial path on the North Shore, with Mr Cooper noting his disappointment that a route on the Hibiscus Coast was not also moving ahead.


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