Ugly fencing scars the landscape at Blackheath's duck pond: fix on way

The tree was well over two metres tall.
The tree was well over two metres tall.

For three years, Pauline Conolly has waited for council to fix a section of footpath that has subsided beside the duck pond in Blackheath’s Memorial Park.

It has been fenced off for so long a two metre-tall tree had grown up inside.

Shortly after Mrs Conolly complained about the eyesore on a Mountains Facebook page, the tree that had been growing inside the fence had been removed.

The hole, and the fence, remained.

“I mentioned it on the community site [Facebook page],” Mrs Conolly said. “The mayor contacted me immediately. He was wonderful – he said he would make sure something was done.

The tree was removed but the hole remains. Pauline Conolly at the duck pond in Blackheath last week.

The tree was removed but the hole remains. Pauline Conolly at the duck pond in Blackheath last week.

“Within days they removed that incriminating tree which has been growing up there for about three years. But that was the only thing they did – the hole is still there.”

She received an email from council, acknowledging that the hole, and safety fencing, had been there “a while but it would have to go on a list” for repairs.

The email gave no time frame for any repair work.

Council’s media spokeswoman, posted on the page on November 1 that a plate would be placed over the hole as a short-term solution – but as at early December nothing had happened.

Mrs Conolly writes a blog which, among other things, extols the beauty of the Mountains.

“I do a lot of promotion of Blackheath. It really aggravates me that I’m telling people about how wonderful it in and they come up and see that.

“Surely it wouldn’t take them much time to put a plate over it, then the fencing could go.”

After the Gazette made inquiries, council responded that the hole will be fixed by the end of this week.

A spokeswoman said council can’t put the metal plate in, as there is a hollow under the broken footpath so nothing to fix the plate to.

Instead, the plan is to plug the hole, meaning the fence can be removed and the footpath will finally be useable.