[via Mahurangi West Newsletter]
Liz Light is horrified that the Auckland Council has ignored feedback relating to Te Muri Beach and plan a HUGE car park in the paddock behind the beach and alongside the woodshed. If you want to see the size of it try the link to this map.
The Council is asking for further feedback to the Te Muri Beach Regional Park Draft Variation. If you want to check it out yourself you can look at this link. http://mahurangiwest.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c1da9ae305111f3b6cc4e9c93&id=775fa254ce&e=7f4b93af09
If you trust Liz’s research, and don’t have time to read all the guff, you can use any of her words from the email below and add your own.
Please send a submission to Council to: email@example.com
Subject – Submission to Te Muri Beach Regional Park Draft Variation.
Te Muri Beach is worth fighting for and if we don’t get vocal it will be another Long Bay in 20 years.
Liz’s Email –
Submission to Council:
This is a more detailed submission other than the online survey.
There is one aspect to your proposed plans for Te Muri that is frightening.
This is the offending clause:
“investigate the future improvement to the central road and develop a further arrival area set back from the beach with parking, toilets and visitor information.”
What arrival area really means is a huge car park. What set back from the beach really means is taking up half the paddock behind the beach and the land adjoining the woolshed.
The map in the pdf below confirms the size and placement of the carpark plans.
Vehicle access to Te Muri Beach, or anywhere near it would be a travesty.
Points that I, and many others already made in the first round of submissions.
1. Having vehicle access to Te Muri will make it just like Long Bay, Wenderholm and Sullivan’s on a weekend or on a holiday. A busy, noisy, crowded city-type beach.
At present, the people who go to Te Muri are those who make the effort to walk there. They go there because they want the experience of a natural, untouched beach and Te Muir offers this. A walk-only bridge over the estuary would be fine, people still have to walk. All the lazy, less enthusiastic people, who need plastic beach toys, sun shades and picnics and beer won’t be bothered with the walk. They will still stay at places like Sullivan’s and Long Bay where they can easily access their stuff in their cars. Why doesn’t the Council only have a big car park where Hungry Creek Road joins Te Muri farm? It is a beautiful walk from here to the beach so why not encourage people to do it? Atiu Creek Regional Park doesn’t have vehicle access and that works well.
2. Te Muri Beach fledges endangered dotterels every year. Sometimes 4 or 6. This doesn’t ever happen at nearby Sullivan’s because the people pressure is too great. If you have the proposed car park and masses of people at Te Muri you can forget the dotterels. This will be another beach were people-pressure will stop these endangered birds from breeding.
3. It is insulting to ask the local community for feedback and then ignore it. I understand that in the first round of submissions relating to Te Muir there were 142 respondents and only 2 of them wanted vehicle access to Te Muri. The Auckland Council ignores this feedback and plans a huge car park just behind the beach.
4. This clause is curious “establish and maintain relationships with adjacent landowners, volunteers, recreation groups, schools and potential concessionaires to assist in the development, management and use of the park.” Do you think that adjacent land owners, the local community and recreation groups are going to help with the development and management of this park when you have pissed them off by completely ignoring their feedback, having asked for it in the first place? Ask Matt the ranger at Mahurangi Regional Park about how many Saturday mornings the local community gave up in the last 15 years to help with planting, and its locals who work the trap lines, locals who gather litter and locals who report dogs on Te Muri Beach.
Finally, the long-term value of Te Muri is that it has the ambience of a back-country beach despite the fact that the city is encroaching. Once you let cars close to this pristine beach that value will be gone forever.