A proposed public walk and cycleway path from Eave’s Bush to West Hoe Heights, which is on the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board’s Greenways Plan, has not found favour with some of the residents of Kensington Park.
Building the entire length of the pathway is estimated to cost $2.2million (HM November 1, 2018), so the local board divided it into sections so that the money can be found over a period of years.
Currently the section of the path from Pacific Heights to Hibiscus Coast Highway, which includes the southern edge of Nukumea Stream, is being investigated.
The proposed route would pass alongside The Ferns (one of the blocks in Kensington Park), which has upset residents.
At the local board’s February 20 meeting, The Ferns body corporate chair Paul Roberts suggested an alternative route, on the opposite side of Nukumea Stream, to members, pointing out that this would utilise new boardwalks currently being built in Eave’s Bush as a kauri dieback preventative, saving money and duplicated effort.
He asked the local board to investigate this alternative, saying that many Kensington Park residents are not in favour of the other route.
“There would be a significant loss of amenity for those Kensington Park residents who live near the route because it runs so close to homes,” he said.
Investigations into the proposed route, which include discussions with Kensington Park representatives, specialised geotechnical, arboricultural, ecological and surveying advice and formation of a concept design, are budgeted to cost $275,000.
A report is due to come to the local board this month, with the proposed route to go out for public feedback in April/May.