We have received the following information from the Local Board. This looks like a total waste of time, money and effort. We believe the sand will simply further reduce the beach area, block the Piha Stream, accelerate pollution of the lagoon and the planting will again gather the sand and grow the dunes !! What do you think ??
- This work will start today, Wednesday, 16th August.
- Council did not consult with the community.
- The sand (complete with and debris and broken glass, etc., will be placed below high water mark, from where it will potentially then block Piha Stream increasing the risk of pollution and/or blow back to where it came from !!
Topping sand dune
Auckland Council has gained a 5-year consent from Commissioner Barry Kaye to take 2 metres off a 30 metres long section of the top of the dune in front of the Piha Surf Life Saving Club to restore surveillance from the control room over the Lion Rock rip. The total volume of sand to be removed is 480 m³ The dune will be recontoured to remove the steep face facing towards the carpark. Sand taken from the top of the dune will be deposited in a 5cm high layer in the intertidal area in front of the dune. The consent says the sand will be redistributed within the surf zone over the following high tide. The disturbed area will be revegetated with 2000 new and transplanted plants a week following the work and weed management is undertaken.