Kapi-Mana News : January 17th 2012
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 17, 2012 NEWS All offers are subject to availability or while stocks last. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Trade strictly not supplied. Parumoana Street, Porirua. Phone: 04 238 0601. Open 6am - 11pm, 7 days. Join My PAKnSAVE at paknsave.co.nz Wine & Beer Week runs from Monday, 16th January until Sunday, 22 January 2012. Council acts on derelict By KRIS DANDO A derelict house in Titahi Bay has been boarded up, to the relief of neighbours who saw it as a safety hazard. Kapi-Mana News reported in December on community concerns over the Taupiri Cres property, which has been empty for several years. It is heavily-graffitied, a haunt for people after dark and a potential fire risk with its overgrown section. Porirua City Council vowed to track down the owner, who is believed to live overseas, with legal advice to be sought if he didn t make repairs. Neighbour Michelle Green has lived behind the house for a year and says she is aware of people who regularly sleep inside it, even though the interior is in a shocking state . Itrytokeepaneyeonit.InayearI ve watched it get worse as far as damage is con- cerned, and I ve talked to the police more than once. The council s environment and regulatory services manager David Rolfe says while reg- ular contact with the owner has been diffi- cult , they were determined to have it cleared up. Two inspections were held early last week, with options being to board up the house and clear the section or build a large fence around it -- all at the owners expense. Ms Green did not think a large fence was the answer and the decision PCC has taken will be of comfort to her and neighbours. Mr Rolfe says contractors began clearing the grass and debris from the property last Friday and will board up the house. We had communication with the owner [in the past fortnight] and he has given us the authority to arrange for the work to be done. Bridge's three lane pile up FROM Page 1 Two-lane nightmare: Porirua City councillor Euon Murrell says KiwiRail's demands and other increased costs have turned the Airlie Rd bridge project into a costly problem. of maintenance was needed to keep it up to scratch and a new two-lane bridge was preferable to replacing the one-lane struc- ture. A single-lane replacement would be $1.69m -- less the NZTA subsidy -- while long- term maintenance would be $1.525m but the two-lane option was preferred, increas- ing its lifespan from 20 to 100 years. It gets plenty of use from residents and is an alternative route should State Highway 1 be cut off, while the land along the rural part of Airlie Rd is shown in the Porirua Develop- ment Framework as a poten- tial rural residential growth area . It is forecast that 144 new dwellings will be estab- lished in this area before 2031. The original hope was for the bridge to be built in 2011 but changing the designation to two lanes in 2010 and the resultant costs have pushed out the timeline considerably. Weight restrictions and speed limits are in place to pro- tect the bridge until construc- tion can start on the new one. Council chief executive Gary Simpson told Kapi-Mana News the tender process was com- plete, with building likely to start in March and take four to six months. It will be funded through loans. He was asked by the council to identify the heritage features of the bridge that are likely to be lost and record them. One reason tenders had come in significantly higher than budgeted was because of the need for additional clear- ance over the railway line, and that a third railway line was possible along this route in the future. Councillor Euon Murrell said at the time that KiwiRail had a gun at the council s head and he still stands by that. This [bridge replacement] is something that has to be done, we all agree on that. But for KiwiRail to say there needs to be provision for three railway lines under it is nonsense. Why should we have to pay so much more for something that will never happen? The topography will never allow for three lines to Waikanae, and what about all the tunnels? It s another example of costs imposed on council by an outside organis- ation, which ratepayers have to fork out for. Mr Simpson says he under- stands a third track would allow KiwiRail to separate commuter service schedules from freight trains. KiwiRail has for some time required new structures built over the Main Trunk Line in the region to accommodate that potential third line, including the reconfiguration of SH1 around Steyne Ave. KiwiRail s general manager of engineering Peter Steel says the extra width under bridges allows for important mainten- ance work and this is being impeded in the Taupo Swamp area because of the size of the Airlie Rd bridge. He says the new bridge proposed by PCC has a span well in excess of 15 metres, greater than the minimum KiwiRail requires. Future-proofing our infra- structure for growth in this way is good business practice. With plenty of belt- tightening to come as PCC launches into its long-term plan process, Mr Murrell knows this budget blowout won t sit well with residents. It s potentially an access out of Wellington if something goes wrong, but I shake my head sometimes because it s just seen delay after delay.
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