Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


New vistas around town


New vistas around town

Work will be finished next month (April) on placing power lines underground and installing new streetlights along Birkenhead Ave between Onewa and Park Hill Rds in North Shore City.

The council's works and environment committee chairperson, Joel Cayford, says the city will look better and be a safer place because of the co-ordinated programme, scheduled to minimise costs and inconvenience to the community.

Councillor Cayford says residents along Birkenhead Ave, as well as pedestrians and motorists who use the busy thoroughfare, will enjoy the more open appearance created by the undergrounding of services, which provides for future road widening.

"The undergrounding programme is not just about improving the landscape," he says. "Getting rid of the power poles and placing the unsightly cables out of sight also remove a significant traffic safety threat."

Two other undergrounding projects are currently under way and should be completed by June. They are:

* Old State Highway 1 through Albany Village; and * * Hurstmere and Kitchener Rds (to complete undergrounding between Takapuna and Milford).

In addition, road widening and undergrounding at Rosedale Rd in Albany is expected to begin in April and be completed in June, says Joel Cayford.

"Traditionally, the undergrounding of services in North Shore City has been staged to complement roadworks, beautification and other upgrading work undertaken around the city," he says. The extensive undergrounding programme has historically been largely funded by dividends from UnitedNetworks Ltd. When the former Waitemata Electric Power Board was split up in 1994, North Shore City Council and neighbours Rodney District and Waitakere City were given a beneficial interest in shares in the new lines company, UnitedNetworks (now owned by Vector Ltd). Until the shares in the utility company were sold late last year for the premium price on offer, the councils' combined 10.7 per cent stake was held by the Waitemata Electricity Trust, which is administered by the UnitedNetworks Shareholders' Society as the trustee. Using the dividends, more than $36 million was reinvested in a total of 124 projects over the past eight years. From October 1994, exactly half (62) of those projects were undertaken in North Shore City. They were worth $17.87 million, an average of $2.2 million a year. Of the $160.4 million share sale proceeds received by the three councils, $8.9 million was retained by the Shareholders' Society to fund the cities' ongoing undergrounding programmes until July 2004. Over the next few months, North Shore City will consider its approach to funding its undergrounding programme from the 2004-05 financial year.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news