PRO­TECT THE CHARM

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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

Mr Haynes be­lieves it can…he is wrong, but I wish he was right.

Alas­tair Brick­ell

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