Dot tells Telstra to lift game
A ROW between telecommunications giant Telstra and Tweed Shire Council over repairs to a footpath in central Kingscliff has resulted in a stretch of the footpath being barricaded off for months.
Tweed councillor Dot Holdom is less than impressed, and yesterday called on Telstra to “lift their game” and immediately make the necessary footpath repairs.
She says the barricades have been blocking access on the busy footpath, including shopfronts, for pedestrians including elderly people and mothers with prams for eight months.
Telstra vowed to get on with the job, saying it would fix the footpath its own way because negotiations with the council had broken down.
But the company warned the repaired footpath might not exactly match the pebble-style concrete laid elsewhere by the council.
Telstra general manager for NSW North Michael Sharpe said shopkeepers near the telecommunications pit had asked once the work was done for the surrounding footpath to be finished “in a way that is aesthetically pleasing”.
“They asked us not to do it but for the council to do it,” Mr Sharpe said.
“We have spoken to the council but they are not keen to do it.
“We are going to fix it now because we don’t seem to be getting the response from the council. They have put it back in our court.
“We will do our best to blend it in and make it look appropriate.”
Cr Holdom rejected those claims “outright”.
“That’s a cop-out. I won’t accept that from Telstra. They need to lift their game,” she said.
“To say the council is the problem is a load of old cobblers.
“All they had to do was get in touch with council and find out who would be able to do the restoration work.”
Cr Holdom said the footpath being blocked for eight months was simply unacceptable.
“It’s a safety problem, with the barricades up around it for so long,” she said.
“You’ve got people with babies and prams and the elderly using that footpath.”
On Monday, a local shopkeeper erected a sign against the barricades complaining it had taken “eight months to remove this hazard”.