North Shore Times : November 9th 2010
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS ENROL NOW Ph: 478 6333 63A Birkenhead Ave, Birkenhead, opposite The National Bank www.yogaessencecentre.co.nz Ph. 027 226 6981 or (09) 480 9912 Open your mind to something different... 3 Bridge cost spelled out By LIZ WILLIS NEW council figures show at least $474,000 was spent on the controversial Campbells Bay footbridge that opens soon. Campbells Bay Beach Pro- tection sought the figures after mayor Andrew Williams disputed a suggestion the council had spent up to $500,000. The protection society ap- pealled against the council s consent for the bridge because of concerns about the visual impact of the bridge. The group also felt the bridge, spanning a tidal creek, was a waste of money because most people didn t mind getting their feet wet. Mediation talks settled the dispute. The society couldn t afford expert reports to challenge the council any further. Council figures show $474,219 was spent on the bridge since 2006/2007. Building the bridge and footpaths cost $132,219. A further $342,000 was spent on designs, consultants, the consent process and the Environment Court chal- lenge. Initial designs and resource consent preparation in 2006/2007 cost $34,000. In 2007/2008 a further $33,000 was spent on revised designs in response to submissions. Since then a further $275,000 has been spent preparing more detailed designs, employing consul- tants and negotiating with appellants. The bridge is due to open soon and Andrew Williams conducted a soft opening" on October 31 as one of his last duties as mayor. Mr Williams issued a press statement at 11.41pm that night celebrating the event and attacking the North Shore Times coverage of the bridge controversy. Mr Williams said residents had lobbied for 15 years for the bridge but it had been opposed by a vocal minority. It was the last stream in the whole of the East Coast Bays without an all-tide, all- weather crossing of the stream, Mr Williams said. At times it can be a treacherous torrent, and at other times it can be at high tide a real difficulty for the seniors in our community and mothers with young chil- dren. Mr Williams said he was pleased that under his may- oralty the council delivered on the project which will be a legacy for future generations . Young driver shatters peace of art gallery By MICHELLE ROBINSON Hard hit: About $40,000 worth of damage was caused to Art by the Sea gallery. A call for more action to curb youth drinking is being made after a junior sailor crashed his car into the window of a Devonport gallery. About $40,000 worth of damage was caused to Art by the Sea gallery on King Edward Pde when a navy rating crashed his car through the front window at around 3.30am on Friday. We could have so easily been picking up a body out of the car, gallery director Mike Geers says. Mr Geers is asking for more action to be taken to tackle the youth drinking problem. The gallery has had problems with passers-by throwing bottles and kicking- in windows but it s not patrons of the neighbouring Masonic Tavern causing the damage, he says. Naval ratings have made headlines in the past for their drinking habits, sparking a team of police, social workers, doctors, naval police and educators to form the Kia Kaha programme to encour- age sailors to make positive choices. HMNZS Philomel com- manding officer Fred Keating says he is disappointed with the junior rating s behaviour and that action will be taken once police finish their inves- tigation. The impact of the crash caused an iron post support- ing the roof to hurtle through the gallery. Front window frames were shunted out and Mr Geers and his wife Linda were up for more than three hours cleaning glass off the street. The crash happened at the worst time as artists pre- pared for the NZ Sculpture on Shore which a number of resi- dent artists were involved in, Mr Geers says. Some of the works of art destroyed included a sole sculpture from Kaiapoi in Canterbury which survived recent earthquakes. Ironically the intricate ceramic piece was called We ve Got it all Together. Police interviewed the driver and they are waiting on the results of a blood alcohol test before deciding on any charges, senior sergeant Mark Fergus says.
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