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Friday, 22 February 2019 12:03 pm

Titahi Bay Beach revitalisation plans work in progress

Titahimain-300x262TITAHI Bay’s revitalisation has taken a step forward with council hosting residents for a briefing on its beach plans.

Work on the dune restoration, safe pedestrian access to the beach and a boardwalk concept are among Porirua City Council’s plans.

The meeting which attracted 15 residents, follows the publishing in March of the Titahi Bay Natural Systems Action Plan.

That plan received 40 responses by the closing date for submissions in June, and the latest announcements came from council considering those submissions.

The safer access will be via a path which will be built below the public toilets – at present pedestrians need to cross the road to gain access to the beach.

Council is also looking to build a boardwalk above the sand, says council policy analyst for leisure assets and services, Christine Jacobson (above).

“It is a concept at the moment, the cost and structure is still to be decided,” says Mrs Jacobson.

She says council is keeping its options open on the Cable House at the northern end of the beach.

titahimain2After having issues with the early stages of planning, Titahi Bay Residents Association president Graeme Ebbett (left) says council is definitely consulting with the community.

Mr Ebbett, who is standing for Western Ward in the local body elections, believes Mrs Jacobson is doing a good job.

“I think they have a good person, she takes logical steps.”

The management of Titahi Bay beach has been a discussion point for many years.

Since 2008 development plans have accelerated with the implementation of the Titahi Bay Beach Reserves Management Plan.

In October 2008 Christine Jacobson was appointed senior policy analyst leisure assets and services for the council.

One of Mrs Jacobson’s tasks has been the Titahi Bay plan in which she identifies three main themes:

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CABLE HOUSE: Council keeping options open.

  • The physical environment needed to be restored, and access to the beach improved;

  • There were complicated legal land status issues, for example, a unformed legal road runs through the dunes;

  • And the third was enforcement and educational activities.

“Before beginning to landscape the beach the council needed to understand the natural processes of nature.

“Technical reports were commissioned examining beach geomorphology, vegetation and restoration of the dunes.

A bird survey was done as well as a freshwater fish survey.”

She says the information was used to develop a natural systems action plan for Titahi Bay beach which has been closely adhered to by landscape architect Cheryl Robilliard.

Since the beginning of 2009 a community working group has been liaising with the Porirua City Council and has provided valuable input into the Titahi Bay Beach natural systems action plan and the landscape and pathways concept Plan.

In November 2009 more than 50 people attended a presentation on the draft natural systems action plan at the local surf club.

The draft landscape and pathways concept plan for Titahi Bay Beach was published in May 2010 and 41 submissions were received by June 2010.

“It is a work in progress, a process of discovery. We are still on a journey with the community”.

Porirua City Council will be providing the funding for this project, $15,000 of which has already been paid on landscape architect’s fees.

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