Kapiti Observer : November 21st 2011
3 KAPITI OBSERVER, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 No Trade Sales. 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Wellington state highways man- ager Rod James said the agency is finalising cost estimates before lodging consents early next year. The admission comes after anti- expressway group Save Kapiti lodged an official information request for the provisional costs. The group was advised by letter that the indicative cost was $550 million -- calculated in 2009 and not updated since. Group spokesman Jonathan Gradwell said the agency has been investigating and designing the route for nearly two years now, and to say that there are no updated estimated costings since 2009 is frankly, beyond belief . Mr Gradwell said the request came after sources revealed the project had cost increases of $200 million, which would bring the total cost to $750 million. Mr James rubbished the $750 million figure, saying the only existing cost estimate was for $550 million. It s simply too early to have an updated cost estimate at this stage because the design work is still under way. There have been no design developments so far that rec- oncile with the figure suggested. The timing of the Save Kapiti release, calling for costs to be revealed before elections, increases pressure on Otaki National MP Nathan Guy who backed the expressway. Last week Mr Guy said in a writ- ten release the message from locals was to just build the planned route from Wellington Airport to Levin. Property purchases are underway and I want to make sure progress is maintained on the Kapiti expressway, and not lost by a change of government, he said. Meanwhile Mana Labour MP Kris Faafoi waded in, slamming Mr Guy and National for arrogantly stop- ping progress on the local Western Link Road -- not because it was good for Kapiti; not because it was good for the nation; but because of ideol- ogy related to seven roads of sup- posed national significance , he said in a written release. Western Link Road costs were estimated at $168 million in 2005, but SH1 would still need to be upgraded at further cost. And the Western link designation ran right through the middle of Takamore Trust sacred land in Waikanae. Labour would ditch the expressway and revert to the local road project, if elected. No more: Ellen Ellis is disappointed the playground at Queen Elizabeth Park has been knocked down. Playground razed By TASHA BLACK The only playground at Queen Elizabeth Park has been bulldozed after it was deemed unsafe and past its use-by date . Paekakariki resident Ellen Ellis contacted the Kapiti Observer after she saw bulldozers knocking down the playground on Thursday. Ms Ellis visited the play- ground with refugee families and said it was a well-used amenity, especially in summer. It s definitely a loss I think to the community. The playground, located at the Paekakariki entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park and opposite the motor camp, was managed by Greater Wellington Regional Council and removed because it was unsafe. Manager of parks Amanda Cox said an independent assess- ment done earlier this year found the playground was at the end of its life . At that point we removed the sea-saws and the swings, but the recommendation was that [the whole playground] come out. There were findings that the support poles were also at the end of their life and it wasn t complying with the current standards, so it was pretty much past its use-by date. Mrs Cox said staff working to take it down told her some of the timber components were defi- nitely showing signs of age and decay . The roof section of one of the playground pieces was asbestos. It needed to come out. Mrs Cox said there was nothing in the budget at the moment to replace the play- ground, which she thought had been around since at least the 1970s. It s not part of the vision, if you like, of regional parks. That playground is the only one in the whole regional park network and we regard playgrounds as something that we would see Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) doing in this case or managing in this case. Mrs Cox said the regional council was talking to KCDC about developing a neighbour- hood park in the Tilley Rd area. KCDC leisure and open space manager Lex Bartlett was unable to be reached for com- ment. Mrs Cox said the regional council was seeking feedback about the playground s removal on email@example.com. White Ribbon events all week The Kapiti Voices Against Violence Net- work is again hosting a week of events to mark White Ribbon Day. Preparation started last week with the Kapiti Women s Centre baking more than 1000 White Ribbon biscuits, which will be given to commuters at Kapiti railway stations to start their day on Friday, from 7am to 8.30am. Today at 11.30am the White Ribbon Riders will arrive in Kapiti as part of their mission to end violence towards women. The week-long motorcycle ride in the North and South Islands is considered a key part of the campaign. They give such a powerful message, said Shona Jaunas of Kapiti Safer Com- munity Trust. They are these strong guys on motorcycles speaking out against violence towards women. Other events on Friday include a pres- entation at Coastlands of the sculpture project, by Bodhi Vincent with children from Kapiti, which sits outside the Kapiti police station. At 1pm there will be a screening of a docu- mentary made by Kapiti teenagers on bullying, followed by a discussion and a free sausage sizzle outside Pak n Save. In 2009 Kapiti Coast District Council became the first White Ribbon council in the world.
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