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Going, going...:The scruffy green fence is about to be replaced with a high tensile security fence and gates, without
cost to ratepayers.
Photo: TERRY KARATAU
By TERRY KARATAU
and MEGAN MILLER
A fence regularly targeted by
taggers, and considered an eyesore
by many, is going to be replaced.
Memorial Park's scruffy corru-
gated iron fence's days are num-
bered now that the Rangitikei Dis-
trict Council has confirmed the
recommendation by the Taihape
Community Board (TCB) to replace
it.TCB made a recommendation to
council last week to go with the
option of replacing the old fence
with a new high tensile security
fence. Councillor Jan Byford said at
last week's RDC meeting that the
use of high tensile fencing was the
best option as it discouraged graffiti
as well as opening up the visibility
for the park for the passersby and
for security purposes.
The new fence will also ensure
that those distinctive users of the
park which depend on revenue gath-
ering, can still have a closed peri-
The board had earlier made the
recommendation to remove the ''eye-
sore'' to quell the vandalism and
graffiti attacks that happen regu-
larly while maintaining a secure
area that allows both the A & P
Association and rugby sub union to
continue to run their events.
Five thousand dollars has been
pledged from Keep Taihape Beauti-
ful to help cover the cost of the
The board had received a quote of
$5936.90 to remove the old iron and
install the new fence.
This will now be lower as A&P
Society members and Northern
Wanganui Rugby Sub Union clubs
have offered to remove the iron and
clear the site ready for the contrac-
This will ensure minimal costs
will be passed on to Taihape's rate-
The work for the removal of the
old fence is to be timed so as to
ensure that the new fence is erected
as soon as possible after the corru-
gated iron fence is taken down, and
that it is done before the rugby
By TERRY KARATAU
Footpaths prove ongoing frustration
Use these ones: The Taihape Community Board said the taps in the corner
gardens can be used by main street businesses wanting to clean the
footpaths outside their premises.
How do we keep the footpaths clean
when the taps have been taken
That was the question being
asked by the businesspeople of Tai-
It was answered by the Taihape
Community Board (TCB) at their
meeting last week.
They say businesses can make
use of the taps installed in each of
the corner gardens (eight in all). A
screwdriver or similar is required to
flick the blue lids off and a hose
with a screw-on attachment can be
attached to the tap.
However, this temporary fix does
not help the businesses who are con-
sidering re-installing hanging
flower baskets, so the community
board will endeavour to have the
original taps reconnected.
Gail Larsen, who is a board mem-
ber, will be asking the Rangitikei
District Council if the street clean-
ing contract has been changed.
She says putting the onus on
businesspeople to wash down the
footpath raises the question of just
whose job is it anyway?
The recent Main Street Upgrade
saw new footpaths installed through
the main shopping area. Soon after,
issues arose such as the near white
pavers showing up stains from spills
of beverages and leaking rubbish
bags, mud and dirt.
The new RDC roading advisor
Reubin Pokiha had already sent a
report to TCB saying the areas of
concern will be cleaned on a regular
basis. However, he advised that
council staff walked over the whole
CBD on Friday to assess exactly
what needs to be done. The outcome
is yet to be advised.
There are also numerous reports
at the RDC Service Centre in Tai-
hape about people slipping and fall-
ing on wet pavers.
Mr Pokiha says council are work-
ing on a resolution.
Discussions are being held with
approved sealant manufacturers/
contractors to find a solution to
address the current situation and
''there is light at the end of the tun-
nel and the remedial work to
address the sites manifesting slip-
pery surfaces is planned to be car-
ried out in mid February''.
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