SHRUBS AND SUCH

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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.

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