North Shore Times : November 26th 2015
Acelebration of culture P10 Reunion with sponsored kids P21 North Shore Times Thursday, November 26, 2015 ‘‘We’ve lost a tremendous amount of sand on this fragile beach.’’ Mike Cohen YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER What’s selling $2,050,000 58 Albert Rd, Devonport Substantial five-bedroom villa minutes to Cheltenham beach with ‘old world’ garden and separate accommodation downstairs. Sold by Bayleys Devonport Devonport-Takapuna Local Board member Mike Cohen says Takapuna Beach’s stormwater issues will take time to fix. PHOTO: SIMON MAUDE/FAIRFAX NZ High cost of beach repair SIMONMAUDE The amount of money available to help protect Auckland treasures like Takapuna Beach is a ‘‘bit depressing,’’ says local board member Mike Cohen. Devonport-Takapuna Local Board which Cohen sits on has voted to back measures to save the much-loved beach from erosion. But Auckland Council’s $3.2 million region wide Healthy Waterways Programme means it’s unlikely work on a long-term solution for Takapuna Beach can be started until at least mid 2016. ‘‘We’ve got to be realistic, it could take much longer than that,’’ Cohen says. Auckland Council asset man- agement manager Andrew Chin told the local board adopting two of eight proposed beach stormwater solutions recommended by council officers could cost at least $2m. Another $30,000 would be required annually to maintain the works – it’s unclear whether the local board or council would be asked to foot that bill, Cohen says. The two options centred around Gould Reserve at the northern end of the 2.8 kilometre beach would disperse and filter stormwater flows, council’s report says. The Strand’s two outfalls would be combined into one helping dissipate outflows that frequently leave polluted ponds and rutted channels on the beach. Another option to control source contamination from nearby businesses and homes is still being considered, council’s report says. Part of the board’s favoured solution involving water filtration, voted on at its October business meeting, will limit stormwater pollution but can’t completely stop bacteria like e-coli entering the sea, Chin said. Board members Jan O’Connor and Allison Roe are concerned focusing the initial project around Gould Reserve could affect a planned playground. The proposal’s engineering based approach doesn’t account for Takapuna Beach’s natural beauty, O’Connor and Roe say. Chin said officers are sympath- etic to aesthetics but planning and design are built around making a strong business case for stormwater projects. ‘‘No matter what we do it’s an engineering structure, it’s hard to soften the design,’’ Chin said. The board’s stormwater plan will compete for funding with other Auckland region waterway proposals. Meanwhile, largely uncon- strained stormwater outflows dotted along the beach will continue to help contaminate and erode Takapuna Beach. ‘‘We’ve lost a tremendous amount of sand on this fragile beach,’’ Cohen says. He says for now, submitting a proposal to council will get help get traction on the issue. $1,050,000 3Outlook Rd,Greenhithe Solid four-bedroom homewith two living areas, huge deck for entertaining, lovely views over Greenhithe and a double garage. Set on a 1024 square metre site. Sold by Bayleys Albany SeeReal Estate Outlook inside $1,123,000 48 Princeton Parade, Albany Single level brick and tile home with landscaped and fully fenced garden. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Close to Albany shopping centre. Sold by Bayleys Takapuna 6352658AW sold!
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