Still on on the stairs

Taranaki Daily News - - Opinion -

I find it amaz­ing that the one ac­cess to the Back Beach is­land area has been de­mol­ished with­out any prior no­tice to the pub­lic and no dis­cus­sion on an al­ter­na­tive, other than the ex­trav­a­gant $150,000 price tag.

This de­ci­sion should have been made by elected coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives in con­sul­ta­tion with the many beach users, not by some coun­cil bu­reau­crat. Just put it in the too-hard bas­ket and de­mol­ish be­fore any­body no­tices.

The sug­ges­tion that they can use the lower car park shows how out of touch they re­ally are. On many oc­ca­sions, es­pe­cially when the surf is good, both of these park­ing ar­eas are full to over­flow­ing and now we are go­ing to ex­pect them to take even more peo­ple and ve­hi­cles.

There is also the safety as­pect; even more beach users at high tide will be walk­ing past very un­sta­ble, ero­sion-prone cliff faces which col­lapse on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. We seem to find vast amounts of money to re­fur­bish coun­cil HQ, build cricket prac­tice nets that are hardly used, sup­port bot­tom­less pit rugby grounds, but can’t give ac­cess to one of our iconic beaches. Gorm­less.

Shane Parker, New Ply­mouth

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