Restoration plans in the works
Restoration plans for Little Bucklands and Bucklands Beaches could be in the works, with Auckland Council recommendations potentially coming before Christmas.
Council portfolio manager for parks, sport and recreation Greer O’Donnell says it will be looking at long-term solutions to the problems and that proposals could be made in the next six months.
‘‘We’ll be able to propose solutions and be able to have worked out what our options are for dealing with those [issues].’’
The council’s coastal and geotechnical services team has recently surveyed beaches around Auckland as part of its coastal management framework.
O’Donnell says the framework had been planned for a number of years.
‘‘We’ve presented that to the local board and highlighted the four key areas which included Bucklands Beach and Little Bucklands Beach, but also Eastern Beach and Cockle Bay.
‘‘It’s those four areas we are now doing further investigation into so we can get the level of information we need around what the best mitigation or treatment options there are going to be.’’
Former Howick Local Board member Steve Udy, of the Bucklands Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association, and longtime resident Bruce Kendall are pleased the council has recognised the significance of the issue. Udy says that at a public meeting last month, a member of the council’s team approved of the work that he and Kendall had done so far.
‘‘He agreed with the thought processes and the work that’s been put into it and felt that that would be the framework for moving forward,’’ Udy says.
While he would prefer that the issues at both beaches were resolved, Udy believes Little Bucks would be an easier fix and therefore should be prioritised.
‘‘Big Bucklands Beach has a big flooding problem. The ferries go up and down and huge waves then roll in. The trouble is the engineering fix is not as easy as [Little Bucks],’’ he says.
However, Howick Local Board chairman David Collings says he and the board disagree with Udy and Kendall.
‘‘We have to look at protecting the road and protecting people’s private properties, if the water’s going in and potentially flooding their basement. For us it’s a nobrainer.’’
Bruce Kendall and Steve Udy say fixing Little Bucklands Beach should be prioritised as it’s an easier fix.