Gisborne District Council has announced the start of a massive footpath repair programme, which its says will run from now until May next year.
Council’s Journeys Operations Manager, Libby Young says there’s a “big push” to respond to an increased number of faults.
She thanked the public for their patience with the footpath repairs rollout.
“We know many of you have been waiting to get footpaths fixed… and want to reassure you that work has started,” she said.
“Please be aware there will be disruptions around footpaths while they’re fixed from now until May. However, contractors will ensure that repairs halt for a month from mid-December to the second week in January so our footpaths are not blocked off for the busy summer season.”
Ms Young says contractors have started work on the worst footpath faults first in Gisborne’s urban area, with a focus on high foot traffic areas like schools, kohanga, shopping areas, marae and bus stops.
“In April we completed a full network inspection of faults. In each case, the cause of the fault was identified.”
“Street and privately-owned trees are the biggest problem getting in the way of long-term fault-free footpaths for our community.
“Our Reserves Team has been working with us to resolve these issues where required.”(The pictures – main and below – show a before and after of footpath repair on Central Street in Whataupoko, which is part of the current repairs programme).