Corstorphine Community Hub users (from left) Sharn Wilson,
Beau Pene, Ashlee Wilson and James Wilson are annoyed this
fence has blocked their access to the hub. Photo by
It may not be possible to see the Great Wall of
Corstorphine from space but locals want it gone, or at least
gated, all the same.
Since the wall, which runs between the community facilities
in Lockerbie St and the old Corstorphine School, appeared
during the Easter holidays, it has caused consternation in
The wall does not prevent people from going on to school
grounds and can be bypassed relatively easily, causing some
locals to question its purpose.
Members of the community were unclear on whose authority the
wall had been built but suspected it was related to the
impending sale of the property to an unknown property
Local Lynley Hood, who coined the name ''Great Wall of
Corstorphine'', said people had been using the paved paths
that ran through the school for at least 64 years but now the
way was blocked.
''Over Easter, when there was no-one around to witness the
atrocity, someone, presumably the developer, built a solid
wooden 2m high wall around the community facilities on
Lockerbie St, and in doing so tore into the fragile social
fabric of this suburb,'' she said in a letter to the media.
Members of the Corstorphine Community Hub Whanau Playgroup
were also less than impressed by the wall and said it had
become a ''hot point'' for the community.
Many members did not have access to cars and the wall
inconvenienced them in their walks to the hub.
The fence had cut off access to the school field where hub
groups played games and kept active.
Most residents indicated they would be happy with a gate so
they could use the paths again.
Community Hub co-ordinator Dave McKay was starting up a
community garden at the centre.
The fence had blocked the driveway he used to bring soil and
compost to the garden.
Resident Harold Browett said he found the whole thing
''horrifying and quite weird''.
When he had heard the school was going to be sold he had
attempted to find out if the paths would stay open by
approaching local MPs and the Dunedin City Council.
The DCC had assured him they would enter negotiations with
any new owner about keeping the paths open but this had not
happened, he said. Mr Browett felt let down by the DCC.
Alan McMillan, of Public Access New Zealand, said he had
presented a potential solution to the wall dilemma to the DCC
but he did not wish to make any comment until the DCC had had
a chance to respond.
Attempts by The Star to find out who had put up the
wall and why were referred to Land Information New Zealand
(Linz). Linz did not respond to The Star's queries by
Based on previous comments made by Linz, Corstorphine School
was still owned by the Ministry of Education but was subject
to an unconditional offer to purchase to be completed on May
Linz would not say who the new owner would be, but several
sources connected to the site believed the former school was
being bought by a property developer and would probably be
turned into housing.
DCC infrastructure and networks general manager Tony Avery
said the DCC was not aware who put up the fence but
understood it was not the developer.