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The final 3km push... what's needed now
Route options to link the trail
We have explored the main route options to link Riverview Place with McLean Road and identified that the best route for a number of reasons (ecological values, cost, safety, private landowner concerns) is alongside Cove Rd, on the seaward side.
There is now further work to survey the road boundaries and to do preliminary design.
Discussions with landowners along this route are starting to take shape and we need to ensure that landowners views are thoughtfully considered along with the views of Council and the community.
Pros and Cons
There were pros and cons for each route option. Much of the land on the edge of the river and estuary is public land and could be used for public access such as a walkway. However there are a number of reasons including the Department of Conservation Wildlife Refuge, rare bird nesting grounds, and a dog exclusion zone, to prefer the roadside option.