No steps on steps

Central Leader - - OPINION -

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.

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