Warn­ings ignored

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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