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.