Beach row boils over

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Sim­mer­ing ill will be­tween Porirua City Coun­cil and Graeme Eb­bett flared last week when he de­manded the coun­cil stop con­sult­ing the Ti­tahi Bay community on whether cars should be al­lowed on the beach.

Mr Eb­bett told the coun­cil to cease any com­mu­ni­ca­tion or ac­tiv­ity which re­lit­i­gated ex­ist­ing laws re­strict­ing ve­hi­cle ac­cess to the beach. His com­plaint was trig­gered by an ad­ver­tise­ment in Kapi-Mana News on Au­gust 28, call­ing for res­i­dents’ views on the is­sue.

Mr Eb­bett said the ad cre­ated ‘‘un­cer­tainty over the sta­tus and ten­ure of the rules, and there­fore clearly un­der­mine the abil­ity of [the re­gional coun­cil] to en­force them’’.

Ve­hi­cles are pro­hib­ited from the beach be­tween 9.30pm and 5am, and at all times from a mid­dle sec­tion of the beach.

Mayor Nick Leggett says Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil is draft­ing a new re­gional plan next year, which will re- ex­am­ine the beach park­ing rules, and PCC is can­vass­ing pub­lic opin­ion.

‘‘We’re not ac­tu­ally agree­ing to do any­thing, we’re just talk­ing about it.’’

He says Mr Eb­bett does not speak for the whole Bay.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

Old is­sue: Ve­hi­cle ac­cess to Ti­tahi Bay beach re­mains a con­tentious topic.

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