Safety concerns behind Taylor Stream closure

​Thursday 26 January, 2017

Ashburton District Council is working on a plan to rehabilitate the Taylor Stream picnic area on Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road (Inland Scenic Route) after closing the picnic area last year due to dangerous and wet conditions.

Council Open Spaces Manager David Askin says the picnic area requires extensive tree and land restoration to improve the site’s safety for visitors.

“Prior to closing off the picnic area, vehicles accessing the site were getting bogged, and dangerously leaning trees posed a risk to visitors’ safety. We simply couldn’t leave the picnic area in this condition,” Mr Askin says.

“We have begun developing a plan to remove dangerous trees, open the area up to increase sunlight and re-landscape the site. Unfortunately, this is a big project, and will need to be scheduled into our already busy work programme. We hope to have the work completed as soon as possible so the community can get back to enjoying this lovely spot.”

Signs have been erected at Taylor Stream advising visitors of the closure and urging them to stay away from the area until it can be reopened again.

Travellers along Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road can still access all other picnic areas along the road, including Bowyers Stream and Mayfield whilst Taylor Stream is temporarily closed.

Page reviewed: 26 Jan 2017 12:38pm