Toko people looking to spark action now

OVERDUE REPAIR: Residents in Tokomaru Bay want GDC to urgently get on with repairs to the sea wall and road along Beach Road. They point to what they believe are major safety issues for those using the roads, both pedestrians and vehicles. Picture supplied


Tokomaru Bay residents have had enough of lack of maintenance and repairs promised by Gisborne District Council over many years to the sea wall, particularly along Beach Road.

It was now a major safety concern for the community, a spokeswoman for the Tokomaru Bay community told The Herald.

“The community remembers many meetings, with Mayor Meng Foon promising, as part of the then 10-year plan and other plans since, that this would be a priority.

“But little has happened and it is now a safety concern.”

One area near Waima Bridge was looked at some time ago, with large boulders tipped over the side.

“But this has been unsuccessful, with the verge already washed away again, and the concrete and reinforcing rubble left in a heap on the beach edge and not removed by the contractor.

“It is disgraceful and a total lack of respect for the whenua here.”

The sea was now eating away at the verge in more places than ever, with multiple areas coordoned off with cones and orange netting, she said.

“The sealed road is also affected and it is now a major safety concern, particularly for our children biking and walking along Beach Road.

“Also, for our school bus service and parents taking their children to kohanga, residents who travel this road every day, and the growing number of tourists who are not aware of the dangers.

“We are not prepared to sit back any longer and wait for an accident to happen,” she said.

“The safety of our whanau and our children, in particular, must be a priority. There have been a number of near misses already for vehicles and pedestrians.”

It was overdue work and the council should get on with a long-promised job, she said.

“Rebuild the concrete sea wall — and get the road fixed.”

Tokomaru Bay residents have had enough of lack of maintenance and repairs promised by Gisborne District Council over many years to the sea wall, particularly along Beach Road.

It was now a major safety concern for the community, a spokeswoman for the Tokomaru Bay community told The Herald.

“The community remembers many meetings, with Mayor Meng Foon promising, as part of the then 10-year plan and other plans since, that this would be a priority.

“But little has happened and it is now a safety concern.”

One area near Waima Bridge was looked at some time ago, with large boulders tipped over the side.

“But this has been unsuccessful, with the verge already washed away again, and the concrete and reinforcing rubble left in a heap on the beach edge and not removed by the contractor.

“It is disgraceful and a total lack of respect for the whenua here.”

The sea was now eating away at the verge in more places than ever, with multiple areas coordoned off with cones and orange netting, she said.

“The sealed road is also affected and it is now a major safety concern, particularly for our children biking and walking along Beach Road.

“Also, for our school bus service and parents taking their children to kohanga, residents who travel this road every day, and the growing number of tourists who are not aware of the dangers.

“We are not prepared to sit back any longer and wait for an accident to happen,” she said.

“The safety of our whanau and our children, in particular, must be a priority. There have been a number of near misses already for vehicles and pedestrians.”

It was overdue work and the council should get on with a long-promised job, she said.

“Rebuild the concrete sea wall — and get the road fixed.”

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