North Shore Times : January 25th 2011
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 25, 2011 NEWS ENROL NOW Ph: 478 6333 3167796AK Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Up to RRP OFF 60% BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 3342964AH Water tests need to be addressed' By LISA HONEYBONE Water quality at the Shore s beaches has come under the spotlight over the holidays. Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt was contacted with concerns from locals. Increased numbers of visitors to beaches has put a strain on rubbish disposal, she says. Prevailing easterlies and strong tides have also washed up rubbish dumped over- board by boaties. This is another issue which will have to be addressed, she says. Auckland Council land and water management advice team leader Rob Hughes says the former North Shore City Council stopped testing beach water 18 months to two years ago. The grading system was always rated good or very good so it stopped routine monitoring, he says. It still does tests after isolated incidents such as wastewater overflows, he says. The council s Safeswim programme carries out week- ly testing in the areas of the former Auckland City Coun- cil, Waitakere City Council and Manukau City Council. Mr Hughes says the new Auckland Council is reviewing its testing methods and will come up with a revised scheme for the whole region. Devonport-Takapuna Local Board chairman and former Hauraki Gulf Forum member Chris Darby says he would like to see a regionwide con- sistent approach to testing beach and fresh water. We all share the shore- lines, he says. If there s pollution in the CBD then it could be in Devonport within hours, he says. Mr Darby says he was aware of excess rubbish at Milford and Narrow Neck beaches over the summer. We can t just point the finger at boaties, he says. We each need to take per- sonal responsibility. Walkway dream: The council bought a property near Killarney Park to improve access to the western side of Lake Pupuke. Photo: BEN WATSON Lake walkway off limits By LIZ WILLIS OPPOSITION by waterfront property owners is blocking the dreams of walkers and joggers to circumnavigate Lake Pupuke. The former North Shore City Council bought a Lake View Rd property near Killarney Park for $1.3 million in 2009. The plan was to extend a Lake Pupuke walkway but nearby lakefront landowners don t want people walking in front of their houses. Protests from residents prompted the former council to back off a proposal to extend public access from the park alongside the lake. This means another section remains in private ownership and off limits to the public. Lake View resident Genevieve Becroft, a former councillor, says it s inappro- priate to have a walkway in front of the houses. Mrs Becroft says there are other hurdles, including a cliff near Smales Quarry and the fact people would disturb nesting birdlife. The land council bought will in future extend Kill- arney Park to Lake View Rd and people can avoid busy main roads, she says. It s still a pleasant walk down Lake View Rd with attractive gardens to look at, Mrs Becroft says. A house on the Lake View property was bought by the council and needs to be removed before public access is allowed. Gay Richards, who heads a group promoting walking, says it would be wicked to be able to walk right around Lake Pupuke. Ms Richards is the con- venor of Living Streets North Shore and expected oppo- sition from landowners. She says people get used to walkways near their homes. It s not the end of their world. Creating more access around Lake Pupuke is increasingly important as more apartments go up in Takapuna, she says. Lake Pupuke has been a bit ignored by the city but we have a new city now. More people will ditch their cars and walk to work if there are good off-road walkways, Ms Richards says. It s good for your health and if you re walking as part of your commute you re reducing road usage. Ms Richards is also the national secretary of Living Streets Aotearoa which pro- motes walking-friendly communities. Go to www.living streets.org.nz for information. Ownership facts Just under half of the 4.3km shoreline of Lake Pupuke is in private residential ownership. The remainder is bordered by five council reserves which provide public access to the lake (Kitchener, Sylvan, Henderson and Killarney Parks and Quarry Lake Reserve). There are also esplanade reserves totalling more than 16 hectares, two schools (Carmel College and Milford Primary) and North Shore Hospital. Eleven esplanade reserves around the foreshore of the lake are land-locked by residential areas but can be reached by non-powered water craft.
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