Council listens and delays repair work

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 11:43 05/06/2014

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Community complaints over parking disruptions at Paraparaumu Railway Station have seen planned repairs postponed.

Greater Wellington Regional Council contractors had placed a sign warning that the work planned for yesterday would close the busy station car park, spokesman Stephen Heath said.

"The maintenance relates to stopping water seeping under, and undermining, the car park's sealed surface," he said. "The contractor unfortunately erected signage that indicated the car park would be closed - when in fact they should have advised only part of the car park would be closed during the week."

The warning sparked complaints, including from Paraparaumu's John Palmer who contacted council staff.

Palmer said he "really got stuck into them" and told them they had to take the public into consideration.

"I said 'we can all drive up to Waikanae, or Paekak', but at Waikanae you've got to park at Te Horo, it's so crowded'."

However, the staff member he talked to called back an hour later and said they would delay the work till a weekend.

Heath confirmed that the sign had prompted complaints to the council over the closure.

"This confusion and potential disruption led to complaints so Greater Wellington decided to cease work at the car park until the weather allows it to go ahead - but it's late in the sealing season and opportunities will be few. The work may have to be delayed until spring."

Heath said the maintenance is performed during week days because of the added expense of doing it at weekends, but would now be undertaken on the weekend.

"It cannot be done at night because low temperatures will not allow the sealing to set."

He said the cost was not available as the work was bundled in a broader programme.

Meanwhile Palmer said it was fantastic that the council listened to concerns from the community.

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