‘Wor­ried sick’ over cliff drop


A Porirua res­i­dent was ‘‘wor­ried sick’’ for his grand­chil­dren at a pop­u­lar cliff-face pic­nic area af­ter some­one ap­peared to have stripped a bushy bound­ary.

Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Graeme Eb­bett wants Porirua City Coun­cil to move quicker to plug a gap in veg­e­ta­tion at the pic­nic spot along Ter­race Rd, high above Ti­tahi Bay.

The area be­side the road, with a view out to Mana Is­land, is pop­u­lar with walk­ers and nearby beach­go­ers.

Emer­gency ser­vices were needed to help a man who fell off some­where in that area last month.

‘‘I was here 20 min­utes be­fore with my grand­chil­dren and we’re just wor­ried sick,’’ Eb­bett said.

‘‘You turn your back for 10 sec­onds, they’ll be straight over.’’

Recre­ational ab­seil­ers and var­i­ous groups used the area for train­ing, Eb­bett said, of­ten ty­ing their ropes to the steel bench frame and cast them­selves off the bot­tom of a slop­ing sec­tion of grass on the cliff edge.

Coun­cil parks man­ager Olivia Dovey said coun­cil had been work­ing with the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion, de­vel­op­ing a plant­ing plan and as­sess­ing where safety bar­ri­ers may be needed.

‘‘It’s a very chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment – wind­blown and rocky - and pre­vi­ous at­tempts to plant have been less suc­cess­ful than we would have liked.

‘‘We are look­ing to take a new ap­proach us­ing lo­cally sourced plants that are more ro­bust to cope with that en­vi­ron­ment.’’

The coun­cil will get feed­back from ab­seil­ers and emer­gency ser­vices.

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