De­vel­oper al­lays sub­si­dence fears

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Fears Sil­ver­wood is a tick­ing time bomb of slip and sub­si­dence prob­lems have been rub­bished by the new sub­urb’s de­vel­oper, Car­rus.

Sil­ver­wood bor­ders a slip-prone area of south-east Whitby, where sev­eral properties suf­fered dev­as­tat­ing dam­age af­ter a storm on June 20. The Whitby properties were de­vel­oped by Whitby Costal Es­tates, and their prob­lems will be re­peated in Sil­ver­wood, an af­fected res­i­dent be­lieves.

Dave Tun­ley of 51 Nav­i­ga­tion Dr, lost a large cor­ner of his sec­tion to a 2006 slip, and half a dozen of his neigh­bours have also suf­fered slips in the decade he has lived there.

The busi­ness­man agreed with res­i­dents spo­ken to last week that land in the area was un­suit­able for de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘Have [Porirua City Coun­cil] got blink­ers on? My god, would you ever build any­thing here?’’

Wa­ter poured out of the hills in Whitby, and runoff flooded base- ments near a house Mr Tun­ley built in Al­ba­tross Cl, he said.

Mr Tun­ley watched Sil­ver­wood properties be­ing built not far from his home and pre­dicted wa­ter would be a prob­lem there.

‘‘Where they built, all that was a stream. The whole area up there will ac­tu­ally sink away and go.’’

Sil­ver­wood was pine for­est be­fore be­ing de­vel­oped and tree stumps were be­ing left in the ground when properties were de­vel­oped, Mr Tun­ley said.

‘‘Where are all the stumps? I’ve never seen the bloody stumps re­moved. So what’s go­ing to hap­pen, [wa­ter is] go­ing to rot the stumps and wa­ter is go­ing to chan­nel un­der­ground and reap­pear some­where. It’s not right.’’

Car­rus man­ager Scott Adams said some sec­tions were sold with pine trees stand­ing and it was an owner’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­move stumps.

The com­pany was aware of Whitby’s slip prob­lems and had come up with en­gi­neer­ing and drainage so­lu­tions, Mr Adams said.

‘‘There’s al­ways a risk, but I’m con­fi­dent we’ve negated it as much as we can. If there is ever any is­sue, we’ll re­solve it with any af­fected par­ties.’’

Of 194 sec­tions built so far in Sil­ver­wood, three un­sold sec­tions had had slips, but Car­rus had fixed them, Mr Adams said.

‘‘We haven’t lost any sec­tions as a re­sult of slips. We may have had some mi­nor move­ment, just as ev­ery­body has.’’

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