Farmer refuses to pay $224,000 for a bridge to access his land

  • A Wainuiomata farmer is refusing to pay $224,000 towards a new bridge that will eventually be used by thousands of cyclists.

The present bridge, built in 1931, is the only access to Alan Loan’s 16-hectare property next to the Baring Head lighthouse complex.

Greater Wellington Regional Council believes that, as a regular user, he should pay a substantial share of the $750,000 needed to build a new bridge, saying it would be wrong for ratepayers to subsidise his use of it.

But Loan says the bridge will form part of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, opened by Prime Minister John Key in October 2013, but currently ending short of his property.

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Alan Loan is not happy at being asked to pay $224,000 towards the cost of a new bridge to access his Baring Head property.

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