Restora­tion plans in the works

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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.’’

TARANNUM SHAIKH

Bruce Ken­dall and Steve Udy say fix­ing Lit­tle Buck­lands Beach should be pri­ori­tised as it’s an eas­ier fix.

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