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.
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.
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.