A community meeting will be held at the Weston hall from 7pm on February 10 to inform the public about the scope and cost of footpath upgrades planned for Weston.
The 2020/21 Annual Plan projects provided a project for Weston Township, where every residential street would have a footpath on one side. The project budget of $500,000 was endorsed by Council when confirming the Annual Plan at the end of last year.
Local firm Whitestone Contracting will deliver 2.5 kms of new asphalt footpaths, 2.0m wide. These will follow the existing kerb and channel alignments and select appropriate routes in grass berms where kerbing is not present.
The concept is presented in the attached drawing, with green lines marking the existing paths, and red lines indicating new paths. Remaining budget was available to manage any unforeseen costs arising, with the option of resurfacing some existing paths with asphalt to bring them up to specification.
In the past it was thought the community would decide which road sections would have footpaths constructed, however, this programme will now deliver a complete network of footpath on at least one side of every residential street in Weston.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the middle of March and expected to be completed by June 2021.
Mayor Gary Kircher encouraged Weston residents to attend if they could make the time. "This is your opportunity to see what is proposed and what the cost will mean to your rates if you live within Weston's amenity rating area. It has been a number of years since the last lot of footpaths were built, so please come along and let us know what you think."
Waitaki Roading Manager Mike Harrison said, "This is an exciting project which Council is delivering for Weston residents. The public meeting is a chance for us to hear directly from the community about anything we may have missed and their priority for which existing footpaths should be improved when budget is available."