Dunedin woman Ulli Graham and horse Lucy, in Abbotsford
yesterday, took a tumble on Abbots Hill Rd on Wednesday.
Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A horse rider who fell from her mount when it stepped in
a ''one-metre rut'' in a rubbish-laden road wants more road
maintenance from the Dunedin City Council.
Abbotsford woman Ulli Graham said she fell from her horse
Lucy when it stumbled in a ''1m deep rut'' on Abbots Hill Rd
The road was closed to vehicles but the ''deep ruts'' made by
Rubbish was dumped on the road and the gorse and broom was
''closing in'' to the middle of the road.
The deep ruts, unruly weeds and dumped rubbish - including
gas bottles, car parts and lawn clippings - deemed the once
desirable road unusable.
''You can't walk, ride a horse or cycle because it's so
overgrown. It hasn't been looked after . . . it's a real
The council should clean it up because many people would use
it, she said.
Dunedin City Council transportation policy engineer Jon
Visser said part of Abbots Hill Rd was ''unformed legal
road'' and was not intended for public use.
Although the public had a legal right to use an unformed
legal road, the council was not obliged to maintain it and
did not maintain it.
People could use the road at their own risk, Mr Visser said.
''There is no expectation it is safe and reasonable to use.''
Many unformed legal roads in Dunedin had hazards such as
cliffs, bush, rivers, uneven land.
The council put a locked gates and signs across both ends of
Abbotts Hill Rd to deter the public from damaging the road or
dumping rubbish in it, he said.
A council contractor had mowed gorse on Abbots Hill Rd about
two years ago because the council was required to stop
noxious weeds spreading.
If there was a desire from the public for the council to form
and maintain a track in an area, the idea should be proposed
to the local community board to gain support and funding, he