Ac­cess cut to nud­ist beach

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

An east Auck­land nud­ist beach is set to lose its pub­lic walk­way.

The walk­way, ex­tend­ing from Glover Park to Gentle­men’s Bay in the de­sir­able sub­urb of St He­liers, will be re­moved at a cost of $38,000 due to ero­sion and un­sta­ble ground con­di­tions.

Pub­lic ac­cess to Gentle­men’s Bay will re­main avail­able from neigh­bour­ing Ladies Bay and Karaka Bay but only at low tide.

Gentle­men’s Bay is lo­cated be­low Glover Park be­tween Achilles Pt and West Ta­maki Pt at the coastal edge of St He­liers.

The small, shel­tered bay with views across the Waitem­ata Har­bour is well known as one of Auck­land’s male nud­ist beaches.

The land around the steps lead­ing down to the beach has a his­tory of slip­page and coastal ero­sion and has been closed since 2006 due to safety is­sues.

How­ever, peo­ple have con­tin­ued to by­pass orange hazard mesh fenc­ing block­ing the path, to walk to the beach via the Glover Park en­trance.

On Thurs­day the Orakei Lo­cal Board ap­proved for the path­way to be dis­man­tled and per­ma­nently blocked off with plant­ing.

Orakei Lo­cal Board chair­man Colin Davis said the ac­cess had be­come dan­ger­ous.

‘‘This cliff area is sub­ject to ero­sion and the ground is un­sta­ble,’’ Davis said.

‘‘The board had a le­gal duty to warn peo­ple of po­ten­tial risks and de­cided for safety rea­sons to close the ac­cess and re­move the steps to the walk­way,’’ he said.

A geotech re­port said re­pair­ing the path­way would cost up­wards of $500,000.

‘‘This cliff area is sub­ject to ero­sion and the ground is un­sta­ble’’

MARY FITZGER­ALD

The views from the cliff tops along the edge of Glover Park look­ing over Gentle­men’s Bay ex­tend across the Waitem­ata Har­bour.

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