Moeraki residents receive latest updates

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Residents of Haven St, Moeraki, affected by the damage to their road, have received the bad news that the damaged portion of the road will be closed for summer.

Waitaki District Council chief executive officer Michael Ross has written to Moeraki land owners, giving them an update on the land stability issues affecting the area.

Mr Ross’s letter was included in his CEO’s report at yesterday’s meeting of the WDC.

In his letter, Mr Ross said council would continue to work with the Moeraki community to ease the way through the land stability issues.

“We have decided to keep the damaged portion of Haven St closed for this summer and will concentrate on the other works in Moeraki,” he said.

“We regret having to do this, however, it will mean that we can focus on trying to make the alternative route as user friendly as possible and give some certainty to the Moeraki community for the next visitor season.

“For those directly affected properties, our apologies, but there are not many other options at this stage.”

Mr Ross told residents in his letter that a number of projects identified by the community group and members of the former Waihemo Community Board, are under way.

“These include redirecting the surface water down Bride St; improving the ponding area and drainage in lower Temby St; making improvements to Haversford St. for vehicles; improving the linemarking at the intersections along Tenby and Haversford Sts to make it a natural choice for visitors to Moeraki; removing as many of the temporary road works signs as possible so visitors entering Moeraki are able to enjoy their visit without being confronted by all the warning signs; and, providing parking for properties affected by the closed part of Haven St,” he said.

“It is also intended to retain walking access through the closed portion of Haven St and council is targetting a completed walkway by Christmas.”

By Jacquie Webby