No man's land: No-one knows who owns this path

Ian Winson says the approximately 45-metre walkway is challenging to navigate when he goes to pick up his kids from school.
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Ian Winson says the approximately 45-metre walkway is challenging to navigate when he goes to pick up his kids from school.

The school run can be stressful for most people, but for one wheelchair-bound father it's a potential health hazard. 

Ian Winson navigates an uneven uphill access way leading to Green Bay Primary School with his children every week day. 

And each time it felt like an "earthquake", with every bump along the path jolting his spine, he said. 

It's a handy shortcut for parents and pupils to a Green Bay school, but its condition is a challenge for wheelchair user ...

It's a handy shortcut for parents and pupils to a Green Bay school, but its condition is a challenge for wheelchair user Ian Winson.

The approximately 45-metre concrete path that connected Cajero Pl to the school fields was cracked, uneven and parts of it had sunken in.

Ian Winson said about 200 people used the path each day, and that included parents and caregivers with prams and pushchairs.

He said the school had provided a special car park for him, but he only used it on days when it was raining heavily.

Father-of-two Winson says this part of the access way to Green Bay Primary School is like a "mosaic".
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Father-of-two Winson says this part of the access way to Green Bay Primary School is like a "mosaic".

The father-of-two and his wife Katherine Winson had been looking for the path's owner since the beginning of this year. 

The pair had contacted the Green Bay Primary School, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport (AT), but say they can't get an answer as to who should be looking after the path.

Katherine Winson said the to-and-fro was "farcical".

Katherine Winson says she has been dealing with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport since February 2017.
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Katherine Winson says she has been dealing with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport since February 2017.

She started contacting Auckland Council about the path's state in February. After being directed to Auckland Transport as a "footpath issue", AT decided it belonged to the community facilities team.

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At the end of May, Katherine Winson said a council representative told her via email the path belonged to the school.  

But hours later, another council officer emailed the Winsons saying the matter was still under investigation.

Ian Winson says he is surprised ownership information about the small path is so hard to find.
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Ian Winson says he is surprised ownership information about the small path is so hard to find.

Green Bay Primary School principal Anand Muthoo said a council representative told him the footpath was Auckland Transport's.

AT spokesperson Mark Hannan said Auckland Council owned the path.

But an Auckland Council spokesman said the path doesn't belong to it. 

Ian Winson says this part of the access way is the "worst".
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Ian Winson says this part of the access way is the "worst".

There was also a chance the pathway may have been owned by the La Rosa family.

A search of the school's address showed its land was owned by a company called Tilic Gut Francis La Rosa.

A property records search under the La Rosa name appeared to show the pathway was part of the school's property, and was owned by the La Rosas. 

However, a family representative said he had "no info" on who owned it. 

 - Stuff

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