Re sident on the pa th of an s wer s

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B y L i s a S l o a n The road to new foot­paths has not run smoothly for John Marsh.

The San­dring­ham res­i­dent was happy to see bro­ken paths near his Cal­gary St home re­placed by Auck­land City Coun­cil last year.

But when he no­ticed con­trac­tors were dig­ging up the new paths last month to put power lines un­der­ground, Mr Marsh was ap­palled. The new­ly­laid paths were be­ing trenched through the mid­dle and back-fi lled with darker as­phalt.

Mr Marsh wants to know why the paths would be dug up again so soon af­ter they were laid.

“Clearly this is poor plan­ning, I could un- der­stand that, but much worse is the con­trac­tors are just trench­ing straight through the con­crete and back-fi lling with very poor qual­ity as­phalt,” he says.

“This is not only un­sightly, but ru­ins all the struc­tural in­tent of the in­tact con­crete slabs.”

Work to put power lines un­der­ground around San­dring­ham is be­ing car­ried out by Vec­tor and will be com­pleted by next Au­gust.

Mr Marsh says be­fore the foot­paths were up­graded on Cal­gary St, they were in poor con­di­tion and res­i­dents were pleased when they were re­placed. But he’s now wor­ried the paths will now be­come weak and break eas­ily.

“They will grad­u­ally de­te­ri­o­rate, start crack­ing and just snap in two. What would have lasted us at least 20 years will now only last one year.”

Coun­cil trans­port con­tract man­ager Euan Ross says the foot­paths were up­graded as part of a wider San­dring­ham foot­path up­grade which cost $172,000.

At the time, Vec­tor’s un­der­ground­ing project was not on the radar and so dig­ging up the foot­paths again could not be avoided, he says.

Mr Ross says the foot­paths have been tem­po­rar­ily re­in­stated and will be fi xed up prop­erly af­ter the un­der­ground­ing project is com­pleted.

Vec­tor spokesman Peter Hy says be­cause the project was planned af­ter the foot­path im­prove­ments, dig­ging the paths up again was un­for­tu­nate but un­avoid­able.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Two toned:

S a n d r i n g h a m r e s i d e n t J o h n M a r s h wa n t s t o k n ow w hy c o n - trac­tors have dug up and back­filled re­cently laid fo ot­paths on Cal­gar y St.

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