Ramshackle structure 'a hazard'
Boulder Bank pallet shack condemnedBILL MOORE
A ramshackle structure surreptitiously put up below the high-tide mark inside Nelson's Boulder Bank is a navigational hazard and must come down, harbourmaster Dave Duncan says.
The construction is a platform with a number of pallets nailed on top in the shape of a room.
Captain Duncan said yesterday the word was that the unidentified builder intended to park a boat under or alongside and live on top.
An abatement notice has been served, requiring it to be pulled down.
It was first drawn to the harbourmaster's notice 2 weeks ago. It has also concerned the Nelson Rowing Club, which has training in the area, north of the Boulder Bank baches.
Captain Duncan said the person served the abatement notice by a Nelson City Council council staff member had refused to identify himself. "No consent has been granted for it - it is a bit of a hazard to navigation."
He said it should come down "the sooner the better" and if the owner didn't remove it, the job could be done by others.
Council communications adviser Ali Hamblin said the abatement notice, issued under the Resource Management Act, required the structure to be taken down within two weeks.
"You can't have a structure in the coastal marine environment without getting a consent for it. We don't know who he is but we can still issue an abatement notice to the person who has put the structure in, so that's what happened."
The person handed the notice was "not very communicative", she said.
The next step would be seeking an enforcement notice through the Environment Court.
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