Big rigs wreck shop verandahs
TRUCKS are causing chaos for shop owners on Avondale’s main street.
Several big rigs have crashed into shop verandahs and Avondale Community Board chairman Duncan Macdonald wants Auckland City Council to take responsibility.
He says the problem occurs because some shops have verandahs in line with or slightly overhanging the curb.
They’re supposed to be half a metre back from edge of the footpath, but the road has been widened in the past.
“When the verandahs were put up they were legal, but now they’re illegal,” Mr Macdonald says.
He says truck drivers don’t realise they’re getting close to the verandahs until it’s too late and hit them.
“It’s getting dangerous. The signs have come down but luckily they’ve missed people and cars.”
Mr Macdonald’s wife Glenys has fi rst-hand experience of a collision.
“It actually shakes and you feel like the whole verandah is going to come down,” she says.
Mr Macdonald met with council offi cers at the start of last year, who agreed the council may be responsible for replacing the verandahs.
Beckett Real Estate owner John Beckett’s occupies one of the affected buildings.
He’s worked there for 30 years, and says trucks crashing into his building have been a problem for around the past eight.
“I’ve repaired it about fi ve times now. I don’t worry about it any more even though it looks shocking.”
Mr Beckett wrote to the council about the matter in May.
The response said the council wouldn’t be fi xing the verandahs.
“I was shocked because I’d had a previous letter saying they were going to look at it,” he says.
A council spokeswoman says Mr Beckett’s letter was passed on to the wrong department and a response giving incorrect information was sent.
The problem is being investigated by offi cers after Mr Macdonald raised the issue at the community board.
But the council hasn’t made a fi nal decision on how to resolve the matter.
While it’s acknowledged the footpath has been narrowed, it’s not clear when the work was done.
Deputy mayor David Hay says he feels for the shopkeepers who have had their verandahs hit because “Avondale spruced itself up a few years ago”.
Mr Hay says he supports offi cers looking into the issue.
O v e r h a n g :
Par t o f t h i s ve ra n d a h o n G r e a t N o r t h R d fe l l t o the ground after it wa s str uck by a tr uck.
D a m ag e d o n e :
G l e ny s M a c d o n a l d a n d h e r h u s b a n d D u n c a n a r e c o n c e r n e d s o m e o n e could get hur t if tr ucks keep crashing into ve randahs in the Avondale town centre.