Six months has passed since the community was advised at a public meeting of the draft plans for the reconstruction of the Sandspit Seawall.
Held in August last year at the Waiuku Yacht Club, members of the community were encouraged to attend the public consultation, which showcased the plans for the proposed renovations of the seawall, which has become severely eroded over the last couple of years. While the plans weren’t finalised, Auckland Council took the community’s feedback and said that they would look into making changes were necessary.
However, since then, there had been no further updates or consultations on the matter, and at the Waiuku Waterfront and Reserves Management Committee meeting on Monday 27 February 2017, a comment was made that ‘the consent for the upgrade has been placed.’
Upon further investigation, this was not the case, as there were still concerns over the final plans, especially from the Waiuku Yacht Club. In a statement released to the Post Newspaper last week, Rob Cairns, Auckland Council’s Head of Investigation and Design, stated:
“We are currently finalising our resource consent application and clarifying our proposals with the Yacht Club. We have recently completed our engagement with iwi and their feedback has been incorporated into our application. We hope to lodge the resource consent application in the coming weeks.”
A meeting was held on Thursday 9 March with Auckland Council, Local Board members and the designers at the Waiuku Yacht Club to address the concerns, which included parking issues, concerns about the showers, toilets, rubbish, changing sheds and some safety measures that the new 'beach' layout would create.
While Alan Dawson, life member of the Waiuku Yacht Club, was unavailable for comment before we went to print, Brendon Crompton, Franklin Local Board member said, the Sandspit Seawall reconstruction was 'a highly complex project with many considerations.'
"The Local Board is aware that we are not necessarily able to satisfy everybody’s requests. Likewise the final product is state of the art using the most updated construction methods based on international best practice in coastal protection. The old days of locals backing up a couple of concrete trucks and building their own wall has long gone and for good reason. Safety, longevity, aesthetic appeal and usability are now key outcomes."