Two years after the erosion of the Sandspit Seawall was originally addressed, it is hoped that work will begin later this year.
Plans created by Tonkin and Taylor were unveiled in August last year at a drop in session at the Waiuku Yacht Club on Rangiwhea Road. Nearly one year after the plans were unveiled, no further progress has been made to the site, and local residents began wondering if the wall was ever going to be fixed.
The Post Newspaper contacted Auckland Council and the Franklin Local Board to see how plans were progressing, and what the hold up has been.
“Following some minor adjustments to the design to address the Waiuku Yacht Club’s concerns and subsequent approval from the Franklin Local Board, resource consent has now been lodged and we expect to have a decision by late September/early October,” said Rob Cairns, Council’s Head of Investigation and Design.
Local Board member, Brendon Crompton, stated that the concerns raised by Ngati te Ata and the Waiuku Yacht Club were valid, and needed to be addressed before they moved forward.
“From the proposed plans by Tonkin and Taylor, both parties asked if the new groynes would change the way sand was collected. The Yacht Club were concerned that it would not become feasible for them to be able to launch, and Ngati te Ata were concerned that the groynes would alter the sand bank, which is the site of a historic battle. These were both relevant questions, and we need to protect the interests of both the club and our Iwi.”
“We have taken on their concerns, and checked with the Coastal engineers to ensure that sand collection and wave reflection has been taken into consideration,” said Brendon.
With a decision hopefully being made by October, Council have stated that work could begin immediately on the fast eroding seawall.