Safety fence call

Peter Bristow . . . wants some action to stop cars smashing into his fence
Peter Bristow . . . wants some action to stop cars smashing into his fence

When it rains at Ocean Shores, Peter and Maria Bristow get anxious, with good reason.

On the corner of Wirree Drive and Orana Road, at the end of the Orana Bridge, they have had many unconventional arrivals through the side fence, as motorists lose control and leave the road.

In the last five years, there have been seven mishaps, some going over the bank, several coming through the fence and one coming right to the piers of the house.

"The camber of the road leans towards us," Mr Bristow said, "and when it's wet, they just spin out."

The last incident was five weeks ago when it was wet.

"Kids were crossing the road. It had been raining. He got up on the wet grass, and he just spun out," he said.

Mr Bristow said it is now unsafe for his grandchildren to play in the garden on the road side of the house, but he is also very concerned for pedestrians heading along the footpath to the beach.

"Kids walk down this street going to the beach and you get a lot of pensioners who walk their dogs on the beach," he said.

Mr Bristow said he would like to see a guard rail along the road to protect pedestri- ans, and to save his fence which he repairs at his own cost.

"Only two people have come back to help fix it up. I spoke to the council, and I wrote to them once but they are not very interested. I suppose it's money," he said.

- Robyn Gray

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