Fur­ni­ture com­plaints pile up

Own­ers asked to tidy up

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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