A new trip hazard warning sign and repaired pothole in
Dowling St car park yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
A woman's bloody fall in a Dunedin car park has prompted
the Dunedin City Council to repair a pothole and erect a ''trip
hazard'' warning sign.
Lili Stanley (74), of Mosgiel, who ''celebrated'' the new
year at Dunedin Hospital after tripping in the pothole and
badly damaging her face, said the council contacted her
yesterday to tell her a ''trip hazard'' warning sign had been
erected and the pot hole where she had fallen was repaired.
The council also proposed to pay for her trousers that were
''shredded'' from the fall.
Mrs Stanley said she was pleased with the offer.
She was also assured the safety record of the car park would
be investigated further.
Mrs Stanley wanted people, especially the elderly and the
pregnant, to be careful when using the car park to avoid more
injuries, she said.
Council Citifleet team leader Brent Bachop said more warning
signs would be erected at the car park early next week.
Council contractors would be ''smoothing out the whole area''
in the next two weeks.
Mrs Stanley was not the only person to fall on New Year's Eve
because of the pothole, Mr Bachop said.
On Tuesday, a University of Otago lecturer had contacted the
council to report he had fallen from his bike after hitting
the same pothole, Mr Bachop said.
Contractors had told the council the pothole was created by
heavy rain at Christmas, which had created a ''slump'' in the
tarmac. The undulating surface of the car park was due to a
building being demolished on the site in the 1950s or 1960s.
''They dropped the building, threw a bit of gravel on top and
turned it into a car park - that is why it is continuously
moving now. Instead of taking the old rubble and wood away,
they've just covered it over.''