A spate of serious skate-boarding injuries in Glen Rd are the direct result of shoddy workmanship by the council contractors, according to Glen Rd resident Paul Jervis.
At the Devonport Borough Council meeting last night, Jervis related to the attendees how there had been two serious accidents involving skateboarders breaking their legs since the council contractors Fulton Hogan had re-sealed the road.
Jervis claimed the road had firstly been chip-sealed badly and then not rolled, leaving a significant amount of ship lying around on the footpaths. These had caused the skateboarders to crash as they came down the Glen Rd hill from Calliope Rd, both breaking their legs and requiring hospital treatment. “One of the boys will be in a wheelchair for months” said Jervis.
Other residents present claimed North Ave, Wairoa Rd and Mozeley Ave had all had recent similar experiences with chip sealing not being applied properly.
Councillors Mike Cohen and Dianne Hale agreed that the workmanship of the contractors had a patchy history, and would raise the issue with the ATA and council roading engineer; specifically,a) should these roads being receiving chip seal (as opposed to tar seal) in the first place,b) is the job up to standard; c) if not, what should be done to fix it?
They committed to reporting back at the next borough council meeting.
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