Walk­ways too dan­ger­ous to use res­i­dents say

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - JAY BOREHAM

An 83-year-old is on a cru­sade to make her neigh­bour­hood’s walk­ways safe and her com­mu­nity is right be­hind her.

When Mar­garet Cald­well saw a mes­sage from Hibis­cus and Bays Lo­cal Board Chair­woman Ju­lia Parfitt in the Rod­ney TImes, Cald­well thought she’d fi­nally found some­one who could fix is­sues stop­ping peo­ple us­ing the walk­ways near her house.

In a call for sub­mis­sions on the Hibis­cus and Bays Lo­cal Board plan Parfitt wrote: ’’We all agree that good public trans­port is es­sen­tial so that get­ting to school, sport and work doesn’t take too long. Our walk­ways and cy­cle­ways are es­sen­tial for im­prov­ing con­nec­tions and pro­vid­ing more op­tions for get­ting around lo­cally.’’

Cald­well con­tacted Parfitt about the Stan­more Bay walk­ways that run from Red Hibis­cus Rd and Palm Green Court to Whanga­paraoa Col­lege and Rata Rd where they give ac­cess to Rata Re­serve, the Raiders rugby league club, Stan­more Bay Pool and Leisure Cen­tre, and Stan­more Bay beach.

At one point at the Red Hibis­cus Rd end, the path­way is drop­ping, leav­ing it on a dan­ger­ous an­gle and, at an­other point stormwa­ter gath­ers, cov­er­ing the path with shoe-deep mud and wa­ter, mak­ing it in­ac­ces­si­ble. Two el­derly women had slipped off the path due its lean, Cald­well said.

‘‘This one lady fell off the edge and she rolled down the bank.

Parfitt put Cald­well on to a coun­cil of­fi­cial, but Cald­well wasn’t im­pressed with how she and her con­cerns were viewed.

‘‘He was 63 and ad­vised me, an 83-year-old women, to get a leaf blaster for my­self to clean things up.’’

She was also told con­crete trucks couldn’t get ac­cess to the area. Cald­well started a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the work to be done and it was quickly signed by 50 res­i­dents. Fel­low pe­ti­tioner Au­drey Leggett said res­i­dents

‘‘One lady fell off the edge and she rolled down the bank.’’

were very pos­i­tive about the pe­ti­tion.

‘‘Par­tic­u­larly the ones that have kids that go to the school there.’’

Leggett also won­dered about the le­git­i­macy of con­crete trucks not get­ting in.

‘‘How did they do it ini­tially?’’ Cald­well thinks the ar­eas can be fixed eas­ily us­ing jacks to lift the path to level it, and then in­stalling a safety rail. The flooded area could have a board­walk in­stalled to raise it, she said.

JAY BOREHAM

Au­drey Leggett and Mar­garet Cald­well are among Stan­more Bay res­i­dents pe­ti­tion­ing for Auck­land Coun­cil to fix up Stan­more Bay walk­ways.

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