'Cheesed off' resident wants reimbursement
Frustrated former councillor and contractor Pat Delich used his own tractor and grader blade to sweep large stones off Fork Rd and repair damaged culverts.
And now he wants $300 reimbursement for the three-hour job.
Auckland Transport says he won't be getting a cent and should have approached it before carrying out the unauthorised work.
Mr Delich says the situation just highlights the ongoing road maintenance problems residents have to put up with.
Heavy trucks enroute to cleanfill dumps are blamed for the deterioration of many roads and Mr Delich says people have had enough.
"There are convoys of trucks and our roads aren't built to withstand them," the 76-year-old says.
"I know that because I've had life experience."
Mr Delich spent more than 50 years in the contracting industry and served as a councillor on the former Rodney district council for nine years until 2001.
He was once chairman of works and his duties included getting nor-west roads sealed.
He joined neighbours repairing the damage at Fork Rd out of sheer frustration.
"It's a sad state of affairs when residents who pay rates have to use their own resources to fix the road. I'm cheesed off."
Mr Delich is calling for more council consultation with affected residents before cleanfill dumps are approved.
He says tighter controls will reduce the number of trucks and the damage they cause to roads.
Worrall Rd resident Doug Thode and newly elected Rodney Local Board member Phelan Pirrie agree and have launched an online petition that has so far drawn 232 signatures.
The petition urges the council to postpone all consent applications around cleanfill tip sites in the district pending further consultation with the community.
Go to ipetitions.com/petition/rodney-is-not-a-dump for more information.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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