Whitby safe af­ter storm brings slips

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By LIZ WYLIE

No dwellings in the Whitby area are un­der threat de­spite cracks and sub­si­dence ap­pear­ing af­ter last week’s storm.

Porirua City Coun­cil as­sets and op­er­a­tions man­ager Peter Bai­ley said there was no cause for alarm.

‘‘We are await­ing the re­sults of a de­tailed sur­vey­ors and engi­neers re­port, but at this stage there is enough ev­i­dence to give as­sur­ance that res­i­den­tial homes are safe,’’ he said.

The as­sur­ance comes af­ter re­cent land­slides in the area, and a pub­lic walk­way and a neigh­bour­ing prop­erty have been left dam­aged fol­low­ing re­cent storms.

San­dra Muir­head of As­tronomer Place in Whitby is one res­i­dent who does not feel se­cure in her home.

Mrs Muir­head had re­stored the area af­ter a se­ries of slips and prob­lems go­ing back to 2010.

‘‘There were stormwa­ter pipes run­ning across the prop­erty and into the Whitby Walk­way next door,’’ she said. ‘‘They were dug up and re­paired or re­placed and the gar­den was a mess. We fi­nally got it in good shape and now this has hap­pened.’’

Mr Bai­ley said the coun­cil would have more in­for­ma­tion as to how the prob­lem could be rem- edied af­ter it re­ceived a full re­port from Cutriss Con­sul­tants next week.

Don’t panic: Sub­si­dence in As­tronomer Place, Whitby

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