Rocks soil Mt Eden Road

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Large rocks lit­ter­ing Mt Eden Road are putting com­muters and pedes­tri­ans at risk.

Res­i­dents in Three Kings say they’re sick of pick­ing up large rocks off the road over fears they may cause a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent.

It’s un­cer­tain where the rocks come from, how­ever Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board deputy chair Harry Doig says it could be trucks en­ter­ing Three Kings Quarry.

Fletcher Build­ing owns the An av­er­age of 165 trucks en­ter the site on a daily ba­sis - Fletcher’s

quarry but does not op­er­ate all the trucks us­ing the site.

A spokesper­son says they’re re­view­ing op­er­a­tions to de­ter­mine if any ad­di­tional mea­sures need to be in­tro­duced.

‘‘All trucks cart­ing for [Fletcher’s sub­sidiary] GBC Win­stone are only used if they have cov­ers.

‘‘While we have many mea­sures in place to pre­vent rocks dis­lodg­ing from the tyres of trucks leav­ing our site we can­not con­trol the mea­sures other com­pa­nies put in place for trucks leav­ing their sites and en­ter­ing our fa­cil­ity.’’

Neigh­bours claim the ma­te­rial doesn’t al­ways make it, say­ing they’ve seen rocks fall­ing off trucks head­ing into the quarry.

‘‘I’m for­ever pick­ing up rocks. It’s been an on­go­ing is­sue for months if not years,’’ Doig says.

‘‘The big­gest op­er­a­tion in the area is the quarry and the Special Hous­ing Area so it’s the only log­i­cal ex­pla­na­tion of where it’s com­ing from.’’

Be­tween 67 and 304 trucks have dumped landfill ma­te­rial into the quarry on a daily ba­sis for the past sev­eral years.

Fletcher’s says the quarry has com­pre­hen­sive safety mea­sures.

‘‘We have cam­eras, wheel washes, daily checks and a des­ig­nated em­ployee as­signed to check­ing com­pli­ance.’’

Rocks found on the road are cleared and en­tered in an in­ci­dent reg­is­ter, Fletcher’s says.

Doig says the ‘‘dan­ger­ous rocks’’ found range up­wards of a few kilo­grams.

‘‘If th­ese come off the top of the truck it would do se­ri­ous dam­age to a fol­low­ing car. It could cause a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent.’’

Doig and fel­low board mem­ber Michael Wood have in­formed Fletcher’s of their con­cerns.

PHOTO: ALASTAIR LYNN

Harry Doig Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board deputy chair Harry Doig is sick of find­ing dan­ger­ous rocks on the road near Three Kings Quarry.

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