As is obvious from this photo taken this afternoon, the existing footpath and most of the grass berm, and the trees on it, are being removed along the south side of Ngaio Road — to be replaced with a wide strip of concrete.

The objective it seems is to create a “shared path” for both pedestrians and cyclists.

The council says it sent residents in the street a “consultation letter outlining the pros and cons of a number of possible options” and that “the responses received from residents informed [its] preferred option, which [it is] now building.”

Although we’ve not seen the letter, we doubt one of the options was “leave things like they are.”