Negotiations continue for lease of cycle path land

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 said.

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