Outraged about coastal subdivision
Clarke, who has lived in Potts Road for 25 years.
Clarke says she and many others kept asking council if the subdivision would be notified and the reply was always ‘‘oh, we haven’t made a decision’’.
Simultaneous news that it wasn’t going to be notified, and that consent had been granted, came via a community email.
Clarke says both the council and DoC have ‘‘failed the people of New Zealand’’ - the council by not taking into consideration the ‘‘enormous impact their decision will have on this fragile environment’’ and DoC, due to its lack of stewardship.
‘‘Once this area is compromised it will not be able to return to even its existing fragile state.’’
The site in coastal and rural Whitford is home to birds such as pied oystercatchers and terns.