Neglected street’s pothole ‘minefield’
‘‘It’s a busy and narrow road with cars either side of it. A kid could run out and bloody trip over the pothole, all that sort of stuff.’’
For the best part of a year, driving one of Porirua’s most neglected streets felt like navigating a minefield.
There were so many potholes in Hampshire St, Cannons Creek, that residents said it was a danger to drivers and children, and there was one particularly big one next to the old bowling club.
Residents say they have been complaining to Porirua City Council for months, without success.
But within two days of Stuff asking questions and taking pictures of the potholes, contractors filled them in – albeit without sealing them.
Cannons Creek resident Robin Wratt said it had taken almost a year to get traction on filling in the street’s multiple potholes, including the ‘‘bloody great big hole’’ in the pavement next to the former Porirua City Bowling Club.
The holes made the road dangerous, especially during peak hours as teachers, parents and children went to and from the kindergarten and school, he said.
‘‘It’s a busy and narrow road with cars either side of it. A kid could run out and bloody trip over the pothole, all that sort of stuff.
‘‘Along the bowling club’s fence line, there is a bloody great big hole in the ground. You can’t see where it goes. People must be complaining about it, surely. It’s dangerous.
‘‘It probably needs digging up and relaying again, it’s pretty obvious.’’
Stuff asked the council about the state of the road on Monday, and on Wednesday Downer trucks were filling in the holes.
‘‘When I saw it this morning, I just thought jeepers, wonders never cease,’’ Wratt said on Wednesday.
‘‘It’s good news for the time being, but it won’t last long. Plenty more rain and you know what? It’ll soften up.
‘‘But that’ll take time. They’ve been seen to be doing something.’’
All concerns raised by residents with Porirua City Council are logged, and sent to roading contractor Downer with a request for service.
Between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017, the council received 247 inquiries about potholes, and 3880 about Porirua’s roads.
Council chief operating officer Tamsin Evans said potholes were caused by water getting under the road surface. Following an unusually wet summer and autumn, the ground had not dried out properly.
‘‘The council and its roading contractor Downer are pulling out the stops to mend an increase in potholes that have arisen due to bad weather.
‘‘We apologise for the incon- venience these have caused, and we appreciate Porirua people contacting us to let us know where the holes are occurring. We are working daily with Downer to repair them, starting with the most urgent.
‘‘Kenepuru Dr, Whitford Brown Ave, Titahi Bay Rd and Hampshire St have been prioritised for repairs.
‘‘The continuing wet weather has also hindered our ability to fix these holes because, in some cases, we need two or three days of dry weather to complete the work properly. Otherwise they are temporary repairs only.’’
Residents say Hampshire Street’s lumpy and bumpy surface is dangerous — and it took months of complaints to get any action.
Cannons Creek resident Robin Wratt