Clay dump angers lo­cals

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

HERNE Bay res­i­dents are an­gry at rev­e­la­tions Auck­land City Coun­cil ap­proved the dump­ing of clay in their lo­cal park.

Neigh­bours say Sal­is­bury Park has been ru­ined since clay from a neigh­bour­ing de­vel­op­ment was dumped and trees re­moved.

Con­cerns over the con­di­tion of the well-used re­serve were re­ported in the Auck­land City Har­bour News last month.

Since then the coun­cil has con­firmed the clay was in­ten­tion­ally used to fill a hollow in the ground it says caused “ac­cess and main­te­nance prob­lems”.

Grass was planted on top of the clay but did not take and the earth has been left to be­come hard and cracked.

Coun­cil parks and ser­vices man­ager Mark Bowa­ter says al­though grass does grow in clay soils, the seed has not taken well in this case.

Res­i­dent Kim Prisk, who has lived on Sal­is­bury Ave for more than 20 years, says the land is now bar­ren and harsh.

“The dis­fig­ure­ment of the park is dis­turb­ing. It shouldn’t have hap­pened.”

He says he had never heard of any com­plaints about ac­cess in the hollow and any wa­ter­log­ging is­sues were mi­nor.

Lo­cal Richard Har­ris says fill­ing the hollow with clay seems dras­tic and the pub­lic should have been con­sulted. “No one thought there was a prob­lem in the first place.”

Mr Prisk says he is also dis­ap­pointed about the re­moval of a ma­ture pear tree in the mid­dle of the re­serve. He and his fam­ily would visit the tree an­nu­ally and col­lect pears to make pear pie. “It was a fam­ily tra­di­tion.”

Mr Prisk was told by the coun­cil two years ago the tree would be re­placed but noth­ing has been done.

Res­i­dents ap­proached the West­ern Bays Com­mu­nity Board ask­ing for sup­port for a new land­scap­ing plan last month. The board re­ferred the is­sue to coun­cil of­fi­cers who are work­ing on a new plan for the park.

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