‘Too early’ for costs after path collapses



A large section of the seawall footpath beside the Sandspit Reserve in Waiuku collapsed last week, leaving gaping holes along the esplanade area and indications are that the risk to other areas is high.
Over time, sea water has eroded through the base of the structure, washing away the sand underneath the footpath and leaving a void area which the concrete above has broken in to.
Costs are likely to be significant, and Malcolm Page, Manager Local & Sports Parks South, for the Auckland Council says repair or replacement will require a consent process including consultation with the local community and iwi.
“The collapsed area of the path was fenced off on 16 May by Auckland Council. We have inspected the damage to the seawall and identified that the path along the length of the old seawall was also at risk. A hazard fence has been erected and danger signs will be posted to the seawall.
“Our first step will be to remove the broken concrete and minimise the void as soon as possible. A resource consent is not required to carry out emergency maintenance work. However consent will be required for planned repair and /or replacement work. This will entail consultation with the community including iwi.
“At this stage it is too early to talk about options for repair or replacement or any plans regarding budget.”

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