Central Leader : December 10th 2010
6 CENTRAL LEADER, DECEMBER 10, 2010 NEWS 0405P- CL www.kmart.co.nz we're extending Christmas for you Fri. 10th December Sat. 11th December Sun. 12th December Mon. 13th December Tues. 14th December Open 8am - 9pm Open 8am - 9pm Open 8am - 9pm Open 8am - 9pm Open 8am - 9pm ANNUAL MEGA SALE Up to70% offRetail Price • Friday 10th 9am-9pm • Saturday 11th 9am-6pm • Sunday 13th 9am-6pm ASB SHOWGROUNDS, GREENLANE Writing workshop Whether it's poetry or prose, you get a taste for creative writing thanks to the Manukau Insti- tute of Technology. MIT is hosting a free workshop at the Central City Library this Saturday from 1pm to 3.45pm. It's an introduc- tion to its new diploma in creative writing. For more information call 968-8780 or email creative.writing@manu kau.ac.nz Long wait to fix damage Finally: Julian Hague is frustrated by how long it's taken to finish a small job that contractors started in March. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Abandoned: Tarseal covering the hole in the pavement, shown here in April, was the only work done until earlier this month. By HANNAH SPYKSMA Eight months after Telecom contractors ripped up concrete on an Epsom footpath and left wires protruding from the ground, the rubble has finally been removed. But for fed up resident Julian Hague it is too little, too late. In terms of workmanship, it's as if the previous council and Telecom seriously have had no desire to see the issue fixed,'' he says. In mid-March, contractors broke a hole the size of a wheel- barrow through newly con- creted pavement outside Mr Hague's property to install underground cables leading to a neighbour's house. Mr Hague wrote to the Auck- land City Council on March 30 to inform it the assignment was left incomplete. We were given no notice of that work and the hole was simply left in the pavement in front of our garage,'' states the letter. The wires were left pro- truding from the ground, the safety cover removed from the telegraph pole and not replaced, and the rubble dumped on our grass verge.'' An official response from the council, which authorises con- tractors to maintain public areas, classed the job as urgent and said it would be fixed within a two-week deadline. An inspector was sent out and black tar poured into the hole. But by September, nothing else had been done. Mr Hague then contacted the council again, to write a formal complaint. In reply to his letter, a spokesman for former mayor John Banks said a non- compliance notice was issued to Telecom after the initial issue was raised. On April 9 your initial com- plaint was graded as urgent and therefore investigated the same day. However, as there is a poss- ible 72 hours from commence- ment to completion of the work, a reliable weather window is required, not only for the work itself but also to minimise dis- ruption to you.'' A spokesman for Auckland Transport says issues like these do not happen very often and the new Auckland Council has made a commitment to repair the damage. The maintenance was sched- uled to be fixed, but has been delayed because the council's contractor was completing a number of more urgent repairs.'' While he is pleased the job has been dealt with, Mr Hague is baffled that it took eight months and media involvement before either party took action. This is complete corporate vandalism and it's a problem that no one from the previous council or Telecom would address anything at a human level, even for an issue this pathetic,'' Mr Hague says. A spokesperson for Chorus, the division of Telecom dealing with the maintenance, says: This incomplete job was a result of human error. Our contractors failed to submit the request for the pave- ment to be fully reinstated to our required standards.'' Mr Hague says he is hopeful the new council will be more proactive about dealing with issues as they happen.
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