Fears that beachfront plans for the contentious National Ocean Watersports Centre are a "fait accompli" are being fuelled by Auckland Council staff.
A recent report from the council's strategy and finance committee says the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board is "highly supportive of the project". But board chairman Chris Darby says that's not accurate.
"The local board is in the middle of a statutory process to determine the future use and activities of the reserve land abutting Takapuna Beach and therefore is in no position to state whether it is ‘highly supportive of the project'," he says.
"It's infuriating when one arm of council doesn't talk to another, especially so when the board is at the coalface with the public."
There is resounding public pressure for transparency and fairness during the submissions process as those opposed to the project say they fear it is a fait accompli.
Adding fuel to the fire is the council's National Ocean Watersports Centre project manager Craig Myles who has shown partiality by liking posts on the Yachting New Zealand run NOWSC Facebook page. Mr Myles has "liked" multiple posts on the Facebook page including the Harbour Access Trust and Yachting New Zealand commissioned concept design for the watersports centre on the holiday park site.
He also commented on a North Shore Times story about the submission count for the reserve management plan and the online support numbers for the centre and the holiday park.
"What this article fails to mention is that the Save Takapuna Beach Holiday Park page has been up for over 16 months and the NOWSC page has only been up for two months . . . if you do the numbers, support levels per month are about the same . . . this is very poor journalism," Mr Myles says.
Since the story appeared the holiday park page has had 136 new likes and the NOWSC page has had four. Mr Myles was not available to comment.
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