SHRUBS AND SUCH
I am 100 per cent in agreement with Tarn Anderson.
Trees and shrubs have been hacked down.
So I don’t know which planet Greg Shaw inhabits.
But if he were to visit the area adjacent to Kupe Place and wander along the Matarawa stream as far as the area behind Cullen Crescent he would see the deterioration that has been allowed to occur.
I have complained many times over the years about the poor standard of maintenance, to me a clear indication of the lack of supervision of the contractors employed to do the work.
When I complained specifically about the poor standazrd of grass mowing on the reserve in Kupe Place, compared to that of the Ireland Reserve on Paraonui Road, I was informed that ‘no one goes there to see it’’.
Never mind the residents who live there, and also happen to pay rates.
On those occasions when it is mowed, it is by someone on a machine about as large as a combined-harvester.
This tends to churn up the ground and on some instances has been responsible for portions of the bank giving way and sliding into the stream.
So come on you parks and reserves staff.
Get off your backsides and go to check the work contractors do.
I would also like to take this opportunity to comment on the recent re-sealing of Paraonui Rd.
During the process I asked the contractors supervisors why it was being done as I could see no obvious signs of deterioration.
His response was ‘‘I agree with you madam, but it is scheduled’’.
Yet another example of council staff too lazy to check whether it was necessary.
Betty Lawton, Tokoroa. rubbish bags all sorts of discarded objects that people who back up onto that reserve no longer required.
I myself took photographs of a pile of rubbish just above where your front page photograph was taken.
That area was cleared, native plants put along the fence line and further along towards the Sea Scout den.
Within a Month the plantings along the fence line were covered with clippings from shrubbery .
Unfortunately the other plantings by the S.W.D.C. suffered a similar fate, although these died from neglect and poisoning for the second or third time.
Take a look. Perhaps one in ten survived .Maybe the answer to any fears of erosion would be for the people who back up onto this section of the Matarawa to care for the new plantings instead of smothering them.
Lastly I am really surprised that such exaggerated trivia should make your front page.
In saying that I don’t expect this one will even get printed now. Roger Freeman, Tokoroa. * We love getting your letters. So get in touch and tell us your views.
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Tarn Anderson has raised issues with erosion at Matarawa.