Resanding delayed but still on time
Resanding at Pt Chevalier beach has been rescheduled to start in September.
But work is still expected to finish by the original deadline of December, reopening the beach in time for summer.
Auckland City Council plans to resand six beaches this year. Work on Herne Bay, Sentinel Reserve, Hamilton Reserve, Taylors Bay and Blockhouse Bay will start in May and be completed by August.
Parks services manager Mark Bowater says an earlier plan to work on Pt Chevalier at the same time has proved too difficult.
Instead the largest of the six beaches will be completed last.
Western Bays councillor Graeme Easte says he’s not thrilled about the delay to the sanding.
But he’s confident the work will be finished by next summer.
Mr Easte also hopes to organise a community cleanup day to remove rubble from the beach before the resanding.
“Over the years there’s been an accumulation of stones from the seawall,” he says.
“Rather than get heavy machinery down there, we’ll do it manually.”
The work is part of the council’s $7.7 million sand replenishing programme, which began with St Heliers in 2006.
The beaches, which are mostly underwater at high tide, will gain a strip of dry sand at all times.
Pt Chevalier will have 16,000 cubic metres of sand pumped ashore from a barge. The sand will be dredged from deep water in the outer Hauraki Gulf.