Residents blast council for consulting about cars on beach

BY ANDREA O'NEIL
Last updated 10:06 25/09/2012

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Simmering ill will between Porirua City Council and Graeme Ebbett flared last week when he demanded the council stop consulting the Titahi Bay community on whether cars should be allowed on the beach.

Mr Ebbett told the council to cease any communication or activity which relitigated existing laws restricting vehicle access to the beach. His complaint was triggered by an advertisement in Kapi-Mana News on August 28, calling for residents' views on the issue.

Mr Ebbett said the ad created "uncertainty over the status and tenure of the rules, and therefore clearly undermine the ability of [the regional council] to enforce them".

Vehicles are prohibited from the beach between 9.30pm and 5am, and at all times from a middle section of the beach.

Mayor Nick Leggett says Greater Wellington Regional Council is drafting a new regional plan next year, which will re-examine the beach parking rules, and PCC is canvassing public opinion.

"We're not actually agreeing to do anything, we're just talking about it."

He says Mr Ebbett does not speak for the whole Bay.

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