Mike Feather from Auckland Council has kindly updated us on the project to address the asbestos concerns at Whangateau Harbour Esplanade Reserve. The key points are:
- Close inspection has been made of the site to remove obvious fragments on the surface, as well as to take a number of soil samples to establish the stability of the material
- A number of site visits with subject matter experts have been made and a report is expected in the next few weeks outlining how Council will manage this site both as an immediate response and for the longer term.
- In the meantime, Council has instructed their contractor not to mow within 5m of the sea wall and also to raise the height of the cut grass; Council is also fencing off a section of the reserve (see map) to isolate areas where there is little or no grass cover in order to help the grass re-establish itself and help minimise soil disturbance.