Public’s feedback sought on coastal erosion plan
A long-term plan to deal with One Tree Point’s shoreline of cliffs, seawalls, coastal structures and eroded areas is out for public consultation.
Whanga¯ rei District Council parks and recreation department manager Sue Hodge said the plan considered the options for each area of coastline.
Hodge said the One Tree Point area was surrounded by steep banks and cliffs into the harbour.
Over the years multiple seawalls, now in varying conditions, had been built along the coast.
There were also areas with no seawalls or erosion protection.
“A lot of the erosion protection has happened how and when people thought it was called for. It has been a bit ad-hoc and disjointed, with council focusing on individual areas that pose the most immediate problems.”
She said the council was developing a plan that outlined the most appropriate designs for various sections of the 4.3km coastline, and would then prioritise what sections would be worked on each year.
“We have identified four areas to focus on first and we want to check them out with the community to see if they agree with the priorities.”
Those areas are Karoro Rd cliffs, Pyle Rd West timber seawall, One Tree Point West and Marama Place.
A public information session will be held at One Tree Point Primary School on December 1 from 9am to noon where people can give their feedback directly.
The information and feedback forms are also available on the WDC website. Feedback is due by 4.30pm on December 20.