‘Shapele s s mons ter’
B y J a n i e S m i t h RESANDING has fi nished at Taylors Bay, but measures to keep the sand in place have ruined the effect for some.
Resident Murray Fell says a large, concrete-covered pipe in the middle of the beach put in place to stop the sand shifting is an eyesore.
“It looks like a beached whale, it’s disgusting. I can’t work out what they were trying to do,” he says.
The groyne, a concretecovered pipe, is a structure designed to stop the beach shifting and retain the sand.
Mr Fell says the Auck- land City Council has done a great job with the resanding, but ruined it with the “shapeless monster”.
“They’ve made a beautiful little beach and destroyed it with this ugly looking thing. Normally they use rocks for groynes.”
It could have been made to look more natural, says Mr Fel l.
“Or they could have made a walkway for kids on it. It’s an eyesore.”
Arts, culture and recreation committee chairman Greg Moyle says he was not aware the new groynes were part of the Taylors Bay project.
“It’s a bit sad that people feel on the one hand it’s great and on the other, not so good.
“I don’t know what the compromise is.
“There’s no point putting down sand if it would wash away.”
He says the structures will blend in better over time.
The concrete- covered pipe is in the middle of the beach and two new stormwater pipes were also installed into the seawall near the playground to divert stormwater away from the new sand.
They were covered with basalt rocks to tie in with the sea wall.
Arts, community and recreation group manager Ruth Stokes says the central groyne is required to stabilise the southern part of the beach and to retain a protective barrier of sand beach in front of the road.
“As a result of the project, the road is now fully protected from coastal erosion.”
If the central groyne was removed, the larger outfall pipes would need to be signifi cantly longer and more visually intrusive, she says.
More sand would also have to be spread to the south of the beach.
The measures were not needed at other beaches being resanded, but the Herne Bay beach project has a stormwater pipe that has b e e n d i v e r t e d away f r o m t h e beach.
Work started late last month on Pt Chevalier beach, the last to be resanded, and it is due to be fi nished by December.
The project involves pumping 16,000 cubic metres of sand onto the beach from a barge moored offshore.
The sand will be delivered in stages so parts of the beach will be available to the public at all times.
Hillsborough resident Jim Bannister wa lks over a new pipe at Taylors Bay beach.