Couple to keep privacy after plan change

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 18/02/2013
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REPRIEVE: The proposed coatal pathway would have run directly past Jan and Rob Bargrove's lounge windows.

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Rob and Jan Bargrove can breathe a sigh of relief - strangers will not be walking by their lounge window any time soon.

They are among the Redcliffs residents who have won a battle to have the Christchurch City Council reroute a proposed multimillion-dollar coastal pathway away from their homes.

The 4-metre-wide pathway, for pedestrians and cyclists, along the Avon-Heathcote Estuary beside tidal mudflats, was to snake through a reinstated beach in Redcliffs, along boardwalks in Moncks Bay and across the beaches at Sumner.

But councillors voted on Thursday to amend the pathway's proposed route after hearing the concerns of a group of Redcliffs residents with properties close to the proposed route.

While the Bargroves said they supported the concept of a coastal pathway, they were opposed to it being routed so close to their property.

They said it would cost millions, was dangerous, compromised their water access, invaded their privacy and impeded their views.

Jan Bargrove said millions would have to be spent to make a pathway safe because of the need for significant piles.

"It wouldn't work. It wasn't practical . . . it would just cost so much money."

The new route is still under discussion but it will be further away from the water.

Resident and founding member of the pathway programme, Chris Doudney, agreed it made sense to divert the pathway because it would have cost millions.

He said the project's cost and environmental impact were his main concerns.

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