‘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.