Negotiations are continuing over the purchase of a small
corridor of land that would connect Dunedin's west harbour
cycle/pedestrian track with the city.
The Dunedin City Council has been negotiating with Port Otago
and lessee Z Energy for the strip of land between Wickliffe
St and the parallel rail corridor since councillors agreed in
June last year to spend $450,000 to fund the project.
At that stage, it was hoped the land deal would be done and
construction completed by the end of last year.
The plan includes installing the pathway across the bridge on
the new section of road crossing the Water of Leith near
Forsyth Barr Stadium, along a section of the rail corridor,
which will be leased by the council, and through a section of
Port Otago's (the Z Energy site) land, which will be bought
by the council, linking through to Wickliffe St.
It would link the completed cycleway from St Leonards to the
completed cycleway at Fryatt St.
The council's economic development and property group
manager, Robert Clark, said the type of lease arrangement in
place for the section of the path that would go through the
site owned by Port Otago and leased by Z Energy meant the
council had to negotiate with both lessor and lessee.
There were no problems with the negotiations, other than they
were taking slightly longer than he had expected, but he
hoped they would be complete within six weeks.
All other arrangements were in place, and construction should
be able to proceed once the negotiations were complete, he