Eastern Courier : January 15th 2016
Look Who’s Talking p4 What’s On p8 Friday, January 15, 2016 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Howick Local Board member Garry Boles. Bucklands Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association chairwoman Evelyn Brown. Strong winds and crashing waves have damaged this sea wall at The Parade, Bucklands Beach. Erosion budget cuts it fine BEN HILL Tackling the cost of erosion is proving to be an expensive exercise in East Auckland. Inclement weather has caused part of the sea wall at Bucklands Beach opposite Wharf Rd to become damaged. Howick Local Board member Garry Boles says it is a challenge to deal with. ‘‘It’s more than just a local issue, because there’s so much money involved,’’ he says. Boles says the cracked wall at Bucklands Beach will be repaired over the next two weeks by Auckland Transport. He says it is a fine line between damage primarily impacting the beach, therefore becoming the local board’s responsiblity, or affecting the road, which becomes Auckland Transport’s problem. ‘‘Things like this could cost around $300,000 or $400,000, and that’s the board’s whole erosion budget for the year.’’ A lack of funds to deal with the issue of erosion is frustrating for the board, Boles says. ‘‘We don’t have huge resources to be able to cover these sorts of things, and I mean it’s not like we have any control over what happens, we can’t control nature.’’ The board has been forced to take alternative measures to fight erosion in other places. ‘‘There’s nothing in the budget to fix the erosion at Musick Point, so we’ve had to put a fence around there to keep people away,’’ Boles says. ‘‘But people still climb over it, and they’re doing so at their own risk. But there’s nothing we can do to fix what’s happened up there.’’ Bucklands Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association chairwoman Evelyn Brown says she has been sceptical about the damaged sea wall’s quality since it was first installed a year ago. Erosion has been an ongoing problem for years, she says. ‘‘It goes hand in hand with the terrible erosion at Little Bucklands Beach – it’s a major issue. ’’ She is concerned that the prob- lem remains unsolved when other projects are given the goahead. ‘‘There’s money to spend on the new path that they want to put in here, there’s money being spent on new toilets at Eastern Beach, but there’s not any money being put in to fight erosion.’’ M S a y 6839726AA www.communitynewspapers.co.nz and you can read all Keeping our local communities connected.
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