No steps on steps
A draft of the Puketapapa Local Board Plan has been sent out to residents. Among its aims are enhancement of the Waikowhai Coast and the improvement of paths and crossings.
The wooden steps leading from Kingswood Terrace Reserve path down to Wesley Bay on the Waikowhai Coast have been a public safety hazard for nearly a year, because of rotting wood and big gaps where steps have subsided.
Orange plastic netting has been placed at the top to deter use.
But the descent to the beach by adjacent slippery rocks is hazardous too and not negotiable to some.
Over the last 10 months repeated calls to the council and Puketapapa Local Board from residents wanting safe access to the beach have been sympathetically received.
Actual start dates for work have been given going back to last Christmas.
A highly placed parks officer said he was embarrassed by the steps and very sorry. But nothing has happened. The ruined and rotting steps are a fixture, making one wonder about the aims set out in the draft of the Puketapapa Local Board Plan. network is fit for purpose.
The steps in question came to the attention of the board in March and we have emphasised the urgent nature of the job to council officers.
Funding has been allocated by the board and council officers are working on a solution.
Officers advise that because the structure is in the coastal area the design has to be very robust and there are likely to be consenting issues involved.
These factors mean that what may seem like a simple job does end up taking some time to complete to ensure we end up with a safe and compliant structure.
We are always grateful when members of the public bring matters like this to our attention.
Residents can rest assured the job will be done and the board has asked council officers to re-double efforts to complete it as soon as possible.