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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)

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