Frankton Rd danger-hole fix

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A Frankton Road footpath hazard has been fixed thanks to a local man’s cage-rattling. 

Arrowtowner John Mowat, fearing pedestrians could be hurt in knee-deep footpath holes opposite Pounamu Apartments, complained to authorities four months ago. In frustration, he called Mountain Scene this week. 

“With a lot of hotels and motels in that area, there’s a lot of tourist foot traffic,” he says. 

“If they’re coming home from a restaurant or bar at night, it’d be easy to fall into that hole and break their leg or pitch over the three-metre drop to the lane.” 

Mowat says when he first complained to Queenstown Lakes District Council he was told it was nothing to do with them. 

“So I had to get hold of New Zealand Transport Agency in Dunedin and a lady said they’d get onto it – but they haven’t.” 

NZTA area highways boss John Jarvis this week asked Mountain Scene for photos, saying it was news to him – and urban footpaths are council’s responsibility. 

“Whether it’s our direct responsibility or not, it would concern me if we’ve got knee-high failures in a footpath,” he said, promising to follow up. 

Within hours, a Works Infrastructure crew – called by QLDC transport boss Denis Mander – patched the problem. 

“John emailed me and I sent the Works guys up,” Mander says. 

A problem with the retaining wall on the lake side of the footpath needs further work, he adds. 

A permanent fix will definitely be done before the Rugby World Cup in September, Mander pledges.