The current state of the carpark at Luggate, across from the hotel, is dismal — either a dustbowl or a swamp according to one concerned local who asked the Wānaka Sun if we could get some progress on the issue, as his own attempts had been thwarted. “With the seasonal winds, the dust blown through the town is ramping up with drier weather and the puddle is full and dangerous with the bus stop just right next to it,” he said.
So far Queenstown Lakes District Council and NZ Transport Agency have been “dragging the chain on sorting the issue of responsibility on this matter. Is the council is leaving Luggate to rot?” The dirt alone from the Upper Clutha Transport yard and the carpark mess seems to legitimise this sentiment.
After questioning from the Wānaka Sun, the Council has said they are planning to act. “Council’s contractor will be topping the car park up with gravel and grading the area to fall to an existing soak pit. There may also be some issues with the soak pit, which could be contributing to accelerated deterioration of the car park surfacing since it was topped up with gravel earlier this year. We will be investigating whether further drainage improvements are required,” said Jack Barlow from QLDC. There was no mention of it becoming permanently sealed in the medium-term future.
Touch wood, the interim solution will be sorted before Christmas.