Vandalism and littering continues to plague Hawke’s Bay riverbanks just weeks after a warning that it may lead to public access being restricted.
Last month Hawke’s Bay Regional Council said the cost of removing rubbish and burned-out vehicles, plus stock theft and fire risk, along the Ngaruroro River near Napier and Hastings had led it to limit access at four locations, and more locations may be shut off in future.
The warning was ignored by some person, or people, who left their mark on the Ngaruroro River bank near the Chesterhope bridge last week.
On Wednesday the council’s works group discovered several piles of rubbish dumped on the pathway and a felled poplar tree. Overseer Lee Christison said anyone with information should contact police or the council’s pollution hotline on 0800 108 838.
Lee Christison with the felled tree.