PROTECT THE CHARM
Time is overdue for a good look at the Thames Coast Road, the slips, slumps and rock falls that have been inconveniencing and worrying many locals need to be addressed.
Yes, it is extremely bad for businesses like the Tapu Store and pub, however, I don’t particularly want to see the road from Waiomu north tidied up like the road south of there.
Part of the charm of this part of the road to Wilson’s Bay is it’s quaintness and the pohutukawa that give one glimpses of the Firth, forever so changing and beautiful.
This is one of the main reasons I love this area.
If one looks up where most of the slips have occurred you can see it’s not the pohutukawa that have caused most of the damage but pine trees, young and old, and rampant elaeagnus creeper, neither of which hold on to the clay banks too well, also scrubby gullies with water rushing through.
These are some of the reasons along with the torrential rains we’ve been experiencing, which have uprooted pohutukawa en route to the road.
I also think the vibrations from huge, heavy, double trailer truck movements have contributed over the years.
Some natural erosion has come from winds and the sea too of course but let’s not forget the road people have created is the intrusion, once pohutukawa would have hung gracefully over the little bays and water.
Why not, lower the speed limit, 70kmh? Many vehicles, cars and the big 4-wheel drive ‘‘bloke trucks’’ also driven by women, tailgate and often pass dangerously, it’s only the difference of a few minutes to slow down and one never knows what’s around the corner.
Yes, the tides would have to be taken into consideration.
I don’t blame the truck drivers as most are courteous especially on corners they are doing a job but instead of tackling the narrow road they could pick up goods in Thames - relief all round.
Create a safer walkway along the side of the road, it wouldn’t take much to do - some parts are wide enough already.
This would mean people walking would be able to keep an eye on the cliffs above and below the road and if necessary report any loose rocks, trees or clay to the road transport department.
The latter may be a little wishful thinking on my part, still worth considering though as many would like to happily stroll the coast without dodging boats, caravans and trailers etc.
We’re very privileged to live here, let’s enjoy it.
Bronwen Chapple Tapu
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