Re sident on the pa th of an s wer s
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.
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.