Support for coastal pathway

Last updated 05:00 11/05/2012

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A planned coastal pathway from Scarborough Beach to the Ferrymead Bridge is a step closer to reality.

The Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group wants to construct a 6.5-kilometre walking and cycling track along the city's coastline within five years at a cost of $5 million to $10m.

At yesterday's Christchurch City Council meeting, group member Mike Sleigh called on councillors to back the project.

"This is a great opportunity to show to the public that Christchurch should be a much more livable city."

He said the Avon-Heathcote Estuary had been treated as a "toilet bowl" in the past, but recent council work had cleaned up the area.

A coastal pathway was a good way to show off the Estuary and the coastline for residents and visitors.

"Sumner is very lucky to have it, but why shouldn't the whole community have that space? Here's an opportunity to share it," Sleigh said

Cr Yani Johanson said the council needed to take advantage of the "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

Cr Jamie Gough said the rise of the pathway project after the earthquakes was an example of the opportunities that came from the disaster.

Councillors voted to include the pathway concept in a masterplan for the area.

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