$8m upgrade for Inglewood roads

Roading in Inglewood will get an $8 million boost over the next 10 years.

The cash will come from funds the New Plymouth District Council raised from selling its Junction Rd leases in the former Inglewood County area.

The sale had so far generated nearly $7.7m, and the council expected the final figure to reach about $8m with one more sale to come.

The council will establish a 10-year programme of road improvements and $800,000 worth of projects will happen each year.

Mayor Andrew Judd said the public would be asked for its thoughts on how the council should allocate the funds. "It's appropriate that locals, who know the roads the best, help us decide which of the proposed projects should be done first," he said.

"We'll have about $8 million to invest in road projects and we've identified 216 projects that would cost about $14m, so selecting the right jobs for the budget we have requires local input."

The conditions of the endowment on the leasehold properties mean the funds can only be used for maintenance and improvement works on Junction Rd (now Tarata Rd), and other roads located within the former Taranaki and Inglewood counties, excluding Inglewood itself.

Councillor Marie Pearce, of Inglewood, called the funding "a fantastic and significant injection into the roading budget". It meant money would be freed up for other roading projects. The public meetings will be at 7pm on July 30 in Tarata Hall on Tarata Rd, and at 7pm on August 14 in the Inglewood Town Hall.

Taranaki Daily News