Bridge ahead, flood risk not over

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Planning is underway for a $250,000 walkway linking Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd and Matangi’s Fuchsia Lane, including a bridge spanning the Mangaharakeke stream.

An artists impression of the Alan Turner Memorial Bridge
An artists impression of the Allan Turner Memorial Bridge

Tamahere district councillor Wally Hayes presented an artists impression of the 80m bridge to this month’s meeting of the Tamahere Community Committee (TCC).

The walkway, to be named the Allan Turner Memorial Walkway in memory of the long serving council environment planner who died last year, is expected to be built in the next year.

A memorial service is planned to launch the walkway on May 11, the anniversary of Allan Turner’s death (see correction below).

Storm over stormwater

The storm that brewed last July over a council study of flood risk to properties in the Tamahere Country Living Zone continues eight months later.

In July, the council released a study into the drainage patterns of the Tamahere Country Living Zone, showing potential flood risk areas during extreme rainfall for 920 properties.

The move infuriated some residents who said the data was dated and didn’t take into account extensive drainage work undertaken in the area.

The flood risk maps had since been found to be inaccurate and the modeling process that produced them was being changed, TCC heard at its March meeting.

But TCC member Sue Robertson said the information now recorded on some Land Information Memorandum (LIM) reports could be “quite scary” to some people.

“It creates the impression that this ponding could occur frequently and be an issue for people,” she said. “Many people may not even bother to look further.”

If the council was obliged to disclose information it should be correct, the committee said.

The committee resolved to ask the council to withdraw the data on its records, because of the inaccuracy, and attend a workshop with the TCC to address any issues of concern with new data before it was released.

Birchwood renaming

Residents of what was the end of Birchwood Lane now find themselves on something of a byway since the Lane was extended in another direction.

That’s prompted the byway residents to request a change of name to better identify their part of the new road configuration. Their suggestion: Birchwood Place.

The TCC advised, however, that road names that are too similar are unpopular with the Waikato District Council roading committee and there was a high probability the suggested name would be rejected.

TCC suggested the residents have an alternate name to put to the council, and committee members also invited other residents to make suggestions.

Comment below if you have an idea for a name for the Birchwood Lane byway.

TCC’s meeting minutes are available here.

2 thoughts on “Bridge ahead, flood risk not over

  • March 19, 2013 at 11:21 am
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    Dear T F

    Just a note to say that the dedication of the Allan Turner Walkway on May 11, is not his anniversary.
    My brother died on March 26.

    But thank you for having this walkway named after him. We are warmed by your thoughtfulness to a very fine man.

    Yours faithfully

    Raewyn Turner

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    • March 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm
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      Thanks for the correction, Raewyn. We received wrong information, sorry.

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