Furniture complaints pile up
Owners asked to tidy up
Titahi Bay boatshed owners have been reminded to keep the area outside their boatsheds tidy after complaints lately.
A Titahi Bay man, who did not want to be named, said he and others were concerned about the amount of plastic chairs, tatty couches and other furniture that was ‘‘piling up’’ outside boatsheds at the southern end of the beach.
Some of it has been washing into the water during high tides.
‘‘It’s been going on for years, so people just get used to it I suppose, but it is getting ridiculous.
‘‘There are improvements being made to the beach area, like walkways and planting, but then you have to look at that.
‘‘A community effort to keep them tidy would be nice.’’
When Kapi-Mana News visited the boatsheds last week, one owner, busy doing renovation work, said much of the furniture is well-used during summer but then left outside in the cold and rain of winter.
He conceded there could be more care taken to keep the area tidier.
Porirua City Council’s manager of environmental standards Jim Sutton said a letter was posted last week to remind boatshed owners of their ‘‘ obligations’’ under a licence agreement they have with the council.
This says that the area around each boatshed ‘‘is in a clean and tidy condition and clear from all rubbish’’.
He confirmed complaints had been received about the furniture.
‘‘A few owners are leaving property outside when they are not in attendance.
‘‘Some of the items detract from the attractiveness of the area and with very high tides, have been swept into the sea.’’
Eleven owners have been asked to remove all items when they are not present at their boatsheds.