Spot the de­sign fault . . .

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Man­gonui’s Neva Clarke McKenna Board­walk fi­nally has its safety rail­ing, much to the dis­may of some lo­cal peo­ple, but it might not be achiev­ing all that it is de­signed to do judg­ing by what one res­i­dent saw re­cently.

The bar­rier has been the sub­ject of a long-run­ning dis­pute be­tween the Far North Dis­trict Coun­cil, which un­der­took to erect a rail­ing when it lodged its re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion with the North­land Re­gional Coun­cil. The re­gional coun­cil has been in­sist­ing for some years that the dis­trict coun­cil com­ply with its con­sent, and var­i­ous build­ing reg­u­la­tions, while lo­cals have con­sis­tently op­posed the erec­tion of a rail­ing on aes­thetic grounds.

One res­i­dent sug­gested last week that a “nice glass fence” would have been more palat­able, and pre­sum­ably wouldn’t have been wide enough on top for kids to walk on.

A young fish­er­man mak­ing the most of the ‘safety rail­ing’ on the Man­gonui water­front.

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