TOO LATE FOR ONE MAN
I wrote the following letter a few weeks back about footpaths ( Eastern Courier, March 10).
And I see in the news recently that an elderly man in Papatoetoe fell to his death after falling off his scooter caused by an uneven footpath.
I have seen a woman at East Care Medical Centre recently with injuries to her face and arm.
And another recent visit to a Golflands property requested by a distressed and angry senior resident has reinforced my decision to demand answers from the Auckland Council as to what will be done to resolve a major problem that may have serious repercussions for our pedestrian population.
It probably is no surprise that the trees planted on the berms in Botany are causing serious problems to the footpaths.
It’s probably not only in this part of the Auckland Council catchment.
The root systems are destroying the footpaths, some driveways, and even fences.
Has the council a plan in place The condition of footpaths is worrying residents.
to resolve what I see as a major problem?
If it hasn’t already, it’s going to cause some serious injuries to our ageing population who have already, and will in the future, trip over the hundreds of uneven adjoining concrete slabs.
I have noticed that in many instances asphalt has been used to try and remedy the height differences between the pavement slabs.
This not only is a poor substitute for much-needed repairs, but looks unsightly to say the least.
Recently, we even had an Auckland councillor attend a Howick Local Board meeting complaining about facial injuries suffered falling over on an uneven pavement.
Obviously, it would appear that not enough consideration was given to the types of trees that were planted.
That should have ensured that ageing root structures would grow downwards and not outwards often on the surface.
I believe that council officers need to urgently resolve to find an answer to this problem.
That should happen before one of our residents pays the ultimate price.
I would appreciate a response from officers or council arborists.
I would like to know what could or will be done to resolve this very serious situation before the problem gets any worse.
Bob Wichman Howick Local Board (Botany)