Forest Hill Rd slip update: Auckland Transport has replied to my questions regarding progress with the Forest Hill Road slip. Disappointingly this reply contains little advance on that reported by Paddy Compter in his comment to my last post, but for the record AT has stated that: AT has a design to construct a full retaining wall and has secured the funding. This will allow them to re-instate this section of road.
A contractor is ready to start, however as a safety precaution, Vector is to move their lines before the start of construction. AT is currently working with Vector to have these lines removed as soon as possible.
Auckland Transport assured me that they are taking this very seriously and doing everything in their power to ensure this work is completed as fast as possible. But AT’s update concluded by stating that – given the situation they cannot give a definite timeline, though they may be in a position to give a timeline in the next 4 weeks. So, time drags on.
I replied to AT’s update with attached photos of the roadside opposite the slip, showing where people had thrown domestic rubbish including a bed mattress which is up against the small retaining wall on that side and I suspect this is covering the exit of the stormwater drain because there is water being retained in the cesspit to a level higher than the discharge pipe.
This rubbish has obviously been there for years, the mattress has been there since I first looked last October. People should be caught and prosecuted for this type of indirect vandalism but most importantly this demonstrates the absence of any roadside monitoring and maintenance. I have requested AT to inspect the roadside and for someone to clear the rubbish.