Paths that cross land linking parts of the Dunedin suburb
of Corstorphine will be restored after the Dunedin City Council
bought the land for $495,000.
The paths are on the former Corstorphine School site, but
some have been cut off since Land Information New Zealand
built a fence - dubbed the Great Wall of Corstorphine -
around part of the site at Easter to separate land bought by
developer LA Milton Ltd.
The fence cut off several paths between Milburn and Lockerbie
Sts, used for years by walkers to access neighbourhood
facilities, including a kindergarten, a child-care centre and
a community hub, and by bus patrons, recreational walkers and
The fence sparked a community outcry and a public meeting was
due to be held this week.
''I think it's wonderful news. Everyone will be thrilled,''
one of the objectors to the fence, resident Dr Lynley Hood,
''It's good, because it means there is pedestrian access for
"There was a woman in Concord with four children in the
Whanau Play Group who had an increased time of 25 minutes to
get there. So, it's great from a practical point of view,''
Dr Hood said.
''It's also good from a morale point of view, because that
access is very, very important to Corstorphine and this shows
that the council is listening to us.''
Council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose announced the purchase
She said neighbourhood concern had prompted the council to
enter into discussions with LA Milton Ltd, which had agreed
to sell a portion of the site for $495,000.
The council would create a reserve on part of the land,
subdivide part, and reopen paths on the remainder.
The council was still discussing the future of the fence, but
if it was decided not to pull it down, or a gate could not be
installed, a gravel path would be built along its length,
reconnecting with Lockerbie St at the northern end of the
The council would consider putting in a gravel path to bypass
the fence as an interim measure.
Some of the $495,000 cost of the site would be covered by the
sale of the new sections, with the remainder met through the
disposal of surplus council properties.
The location of the sections would partly determine the final
situation with the wall, Dr Bidrose said.
It was hoped the site of the sections would be worked out
''as soon as possible'', Dr Bidrose said.
The purchase met the council's desire to reinstate the
walkways as well as have a ''much needed'' reserve in
''This is a great outcome which will save some residents in
nearby cul-de-sacs having to walk 2 or 3km to get to the
Corstorphine Community Hub or the Middleton Rd bus stop, 200m
That sort of arrangement was the ''curse of the
cul-de-sacs'', and was a common connectivity issue many
councils had to grapple with, as was finding land to use as
reserve, she said.
Councillors were comfortable with the purchase, she said.