‘Shapele s s mons ter’

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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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

New pipes:

Hills­bor­ough res­i­dent Jim Ban­nis­ter wa lks over a new pipe at Tay­lors Bay beach.

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