Work fin­ished at beach front carpark on dunes

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By Cr ROSS BRANNIGAN

Lo­cals and vis­i­tors at Fox­ton Beach will have re­cently seen the com­ple­tion of work at the beach­front carpark, where coun­cil has en­gaged con­trac­tors to lower and re­shape the sand dunes border­ing the carpark and sur­round­ing area.

A large part of the need for this work was to en­hance pedes­trian and ve­hi­cle safety, as the dunes had grown and nar­rowed the round­about and en­trance way to the carpark over the years. This de­creased vis­i­bil­ity, caus­ing pedes­trian and ve­hi­cle con­flict.

The work on the dunes arose from a pub­lic sub­mis­sion ask­ing for it to be done. Con­grat­u­la­tions to coun­cil of­fi­cers and con­trac­tors, whose skills pro­vided an ef­fi­cient oper­a­tion with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion to a high-value pub­lic area. The re­sult looks great.

With win­ter com­ing to an end, we should again turn our minds to our mag­nif­i­cent coastal en­vi­ron­ment. We in the Horowhenua are ex­tremely priv­i­leged to have a coast­line that we can ac­cess with ve­hi­cles for all the many recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties we en­joy on our beaches. Un­for­tu­nately there is a down­side to that — the mi­nor­ity of beach users who con­tinue to use ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing il­le­gal off road ve­hi­cles, in an anti-so­cial man­ner. This not only causes an­noy­ance to other beach users but also dam­ages our frag­ile coastal en­vi­ron­ment.

Last year Horowhenua District Coun­cil adopted a district-wide by­law en­forc­ing a 30 kilo­me­tre per hour speed limit across all of our beaches. The aim of the by­law is to pro­tect coastal ar­eas and to en­hance the safety and en­joy­ment of all beach users. It is dis­ap­point­ing to ob­serve that a mi­nor­ity of ve­hi­cle users con­tinue to flout those by­laws and speed lim­its and dam­age the en­vi­ron­ment.

We all have a role to play in dis­cour­ag­ing this be­hav­iour and we ask that any in­stances of dan­ger­ous or an­ti­so­cial driv­ing on our beaches and dune fields are re­ported to Po­lice at the time. If you are un­able to con­tact Po­lice im­me­di­ately try to take regis­tra­tion num­bers or record dis­tinc­tive fea­tures of the of­fend­ing ve­hi­cles and for­ward to Po­lice, who will fol­low up and take the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion. Beach war­dens will be work­ing along­side Po­lice in mon­i­tor­ing our beaches and coastal en­vi­ron­ment and en­hanc­ing pub­lic safety on them, but they need your help — they can’t do it alone. It’s ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity so let’s dis­cour­age those who abuse the priv­i­lege we have!

Con­grat­u­la­tions are due to coun­cil of­fi­cers and con­trac­tors, whose skills pro­vided an ef­fi­cient oper­a­tion with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion to a high value pub­lic area.

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