Lili Stanley, of Mosgiel, sustained injuries when she
tripped in the undulating Dowling St car park on New Year's
Eve. Photos supplied.
A bruised and bleeding Mosgiel woman blames the Dunedin
City Council for her seeing in the new year at Dunedin
Lili Stanley (74) said she was in the Octagon on New Year's
Eve with her husband Trevor (70) to watch the fireworks.
The music was too loud for the Mosgiel couple, who were not
drinking, so they returned to the Dowling St car park
intending to drive home.
Mrs Stanley said when she walked across the car park in flat
shoes, she stepped in a large hole and stumbled and fell,
injuring her face.
''I stood up and the blood spurted out of me.''
Mrs Stanley said she was wearing leather gloves and a big
coat, otherwise the injuries would have been worse.
Her husband drove her to the accident and emergency
department at Dunedin Hospital, where she rang in the new
year while her ''slight concussion'' was monitored for more
than two hours.
She warned people about the damage that could be sustained in
the Dunedin City Council car park.
The Dowling St car park.
Mrs Stanley said the council should be ashamed of the
condition of the car park and the level of negligence with its
Council Citifleet team leader Brent Bachop said despite the
Dowling St car park being ''up and down'', the council spent
more money maintaining it than any other council car park.
Mr Bachop said the car park was undulating because it was
built on a the site of a former building.
''Years and years ago there was a building there and when
they demolished it, they just dropped it and built a car park
on top of it and that is why it is constantly sinking.''
More maintenance would not stop the car park sinking, he
''You can throw a lot of money at that car park and it's
still going to keep moving, unfortunately.''
The council regularly monitored the car park and ''patched it
up''when required, Mr Bachop said.