Resident takes pothole matters into his own hands

An Otago Peninsula resident says he used 1.8 tonnes of gravel to solve a pothole problem. PHOTO:...
An Otago Peninsula resident says he used 1.8 tonnes of gravel to solve a pothole problem. PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN
A Dunedin resident frustrated by city council inaction has solved a pothole problem with 1.8 tonnes of his own gravel.

Otago Peninsula resident Stuart Robertson, of Ridge Rd, said there had been complaints made to the Dunedin City Council about the state of nearby roads, but not by him.

The potholes were so bad they were causing a road hazard, and there was seemingly no end in sight, he said.

"I just got sick of the sight of them, and driving around or over them, so I went and got a whole load of gravel."

Mr Robertson said there had been quite a lot of rainfall, but the potholes were also caused by the method of grading.

"The potholes occurred at the lowest point in the road, so water accumulated there.

"The grader driver hadn’t created a little runoff, and hadn’t put a crown into it at that point."

He said he did not want to "wait a month" for the council to get back to him.

"By the time I went to town and got a load of gravel, that took about 80 minutes, then it took another hour or so to fill up the hole.

"I put in about 1.8 tonnes.

"It wasn’t just a couple of shovel-loads," Mr Robertson said.

"Dunedin City Council has a big area, with a lot of unsealed roads ... so I get they don’t have the time or the resources to get around all of them.

"But I do feel some areas need more attention than others."

Neighbour Gerald Newbury said he had called the council "a couple of times" but to no avail.

"The potholes were just so deep, and getting deeper.

"We don’t get much out here, so we would like some assistance from the council on things like this," he said.

A council spokesman said its contractors carried out regular maintenance on all city roads as part of its existing contracts, including inspecting roads for defects and fixing those in need of repairs as required.

"This work does need to be prioritised, but we aim to resolve issues as soon as possible," he said.

The spokesman said members of the public should advise the council of roading issues.