I was aghast to read about the latest estimate of nearly $7 million to re-align the Mount pathway. This is outrageously scandalous!
I have spoken to reputable contractors involved for many years building large scale retaining walls who have viewed the site damage.
Their considered opinions are that the present track could be safely resurrected and stabilised by utilising the same principles applied to any large retaining wall.
Their estimate for materials, machinery and labour would be well under $500,000 and the whole job could be completed in under a month.
Therefore full restoration could be achieved at just a fraction of the shocking cost proposed by Tauranga City Council in completely re-aligning this popular pathway.
Tony Fellingham, The lakes