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Erosion fix delayed

Last updated 05:00 07/11/2013

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Permanent erosion fixes on Orewa beach have been put on hold.

The Auckland Council has advised ‘emergency works' in the form of a permanent coastal protection structure in order to address storm erosion issues between Kohu St and Kinloch Reserve will not go ahead this month.

Due to the time involved in designing and constructing such coastal protection structures, it is now considered appropriate to investigate further options, given a previous resource consent application for a coastal protection structure in this same vicinity was declined in 2010, the council says.

It now intends to build a temporary rock wall for about 30 metres immediately south of Kohu St.

The works will serve to maintain the esplanade reserve's integrity and allow for vehicle access for those properties concerned.

Works on the temporary rock wall will start later this month. In order to allow time to undertake an appropriate design process, sand will be placed in front of the affected areas to serve as a buffer, the council says.

Sand moving started last week and continued for the Kohu St area this week.

The response ensures the beach is ready for public use this summer, while addressing the immediate erosion issue.

Resource consents for the final design works will be sought in March. Public consultation will take place as part of the consent.

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