A number of swimming pool owners in Waitakere
City are being harassed into
accepting fencing standards which defy all common
sense and in some cases
council officers have acknowledged they are not quite
sure themselves of the
limits required but are prepared to take matters to Court
rather than let common
sense prevail. A number of us "pooled" together
to take a class action against
Waitakere City Council. If you have felt the
weight of over-zealous bureaucratic
council intransigence and want more
information, don't hesitate to contact
Gary Osborne 834 4513 or 025 443 010.
So snowed under was the Waitakere District Court
in June 2003 that over 60
swimming pool cases had to be postponed until
September and were to be heard
by JP's as there weren't enough judges to go
around. In September they were
postponed until November. In November they were
postponed until February 2004.
Meanwhile the Waitakere City Council sought a
declaratory judgement, the hearing
for which was on the 2nd August 2004.
Yet have a look at the Council Stormwater Ponds
below Danica Esplanade and in
Harbour View Park. Built in 1997, concerns were
expressed about their safety
aspect by ratepayers in 1999. It is recorded in the
minutes of the Harbourview
People's Park Working Party meeting on 29/1/02
chaired by Councillor Lawley
that Elizabeth Grimmer expressed safety concerns
about the ponds. On 8/10/03
I rang Ray Kendall, Health & Safety officer,
expressing concern over safety aspects.
He was unaware of their existence.
On 21/10/03, in response to my question
addressed to Ray Kendall "Do you accept
there is a real danger of a young
child falling into one of these ponds?" Denis Sheard,
Services replied "Given the nature of the construction of Danica Pond 7
there is no risk of a young child "falling" into the water from the
banks of the pond.
There is however a residual risk that an unsupervised young
child might venture into
the water, fall and accidentally drown."