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News Clearing starts on section But owner won’t say when it will be finished By Bridget Rutherford THE OWNER of an overgrown property in Avondale is refusing to say when the site will be completely cleared. Last week, Pegasus Post reported Maree Ross had tried for 18 months to get some action on the overgrown mess on the property next door to her Woolley St home. She said it was a fire risk, attracted vermin and insects, and looked awful. On Wednesday and Thursday, the property’s owner removed a small amount of the vegetation with a weed whacker and chainsaw. But work ceased on Friday. Owner Michael Hindmarsh would not talk to Pegasus Post about when they would finish clearing the site. “No comment,” he said yesterday. Ms Ross said although she was
WORRIED: Maree Ross in the overgrown empty section yesterday and (right) last week. PHOTOS: MARTIN HUNTER
thrilled work had started, she wanted to see more done before Christmas. She said a lot of vegetation had been cut down and was now sitting on the ground, which could create a fire risk when it dried out. “If anything, it’s going to be worse than ever,” she said. “I’ve got Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve with a fire risk and a park behind me. I’m very worried.”
It had also heightened her hayfever, she said. She planned on calling Mr Hindmarsh today to ask more be cleared before Christmas. Originally, the city council said the maintenance of private properties was not its responsibility unless there was a fire risk or it encroached onto footpaths. It said there was no fire risk because the vegetation was still green.
Tuesday December 19 2017
But after questions from the Pegasus Post, the city council later contacted the owners to ask the site be cleared, starting last week. “I just thank you guys [Pegasus Post] on what’s been actioned. Because the council sure as heck wasn’t,” Ms Ross said. City council head of regulatory compliance Tracey Weston said the site would be revisited early in the new year and, if it had not been cleared, it would be reassessed as to whether it was a fire risk. The property is next to Woolley St Kidsfirst kindergarten which was also concerned about the fire risk. The owners bought the property after the February 22,, 2011, earthquake, Ms Ross said.
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In Brief PLAYGROUND OPENING The opening of the New Brighton beachside playground will take place tomorrow. Development Christchurch will host the event from 10.30-11.30am, which will see the $8 million play area and paddling pool on Marine Pde opened to the public. The playground includes a splash water area and the famous New Brighton whale pool, as well as a waka, sandpit and a play area for children with disabilities. PARK FITNESS TRAIL Burwood Park’s fitness trail equipment has been ordered but due to the number of pieces, the type of equipment and the upcoming holidays, the order will not be delivered until midFebruary. The city council’s work schedule means a late February or early March installation date is likely. It will take about four weeks to complete the installation. GARDEN AWARDS The Coastal-Burwood Community Board has allocated $3000 to its annual community board garden pride awards. The Burwood-Coastal garden awards will be judged in January, with a ceremony taking place in March or April at the Waitikiri Golf Club.
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