Divided support on which direction New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway extension to Bell Block Beach should take has the council considering an amalgamation.
New Plymouth District Council originally proposed three distinct tracks labelled the coastal, Hickford Park Sports Park and the inland routes.
However, council parks manager Mark Bruhn said because each idea received equal support they now planned to combine aspects of all three. In total, 109 submissions were received.
"Each route has its strengths and weaknesses, and each has its supporters among the public," he said.
"It was clear that people had considered the details carefully, and there were a lot of details to go through, and it's ended up that all three potential routes are equally supported.
"Because of that, we've recommended a multi-stage development which incorporates all three routes with some changes in response to the public feedback, with the first stage fitting the available budget."
The recommendation will go before council on August 22.
Other items on that agenda include the proposed relocation of the New Plymouth BMX Club to Hickford Park, the Barrett Domain Management Plan, the Commercial Use of Parks and Reserves Policy, and the proposed redevelopment of the coastal car park at the end of New Plymouth's Hobson St/Octavius Place.
Stage one: A route through the sports park at Hickford Park, to Tiromoana Cres, utilising the existing funding.
Estimated cost: Between $327,000 and $334,000
Stage two: A route around the Bell Block wetlands be approved for development as the preferred recreational route for the walkway extension. This stage will also develop better access and signage for the existing grass track along the coast from Mangati Rd to the velodrome.
Estimated cost: Between $911,000 and $1.1 million.
Stage three: A third stage upgrading the Parklands Avenue to Camellia Ave section of the Mangati Walkway be considered as part of the next LTP process.
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