The developer of a luxury subdivision and golf course at Te Arai claims that it is improving access to Te Arai Beach.
In response to NZ First concerns over the width of the public access easement, Te Arai North spokesperson David Lewis says the access has been widened, carparking has been increased and the new configuration allows for pedestrian and equestrian use.
NZ First List MP Tracey Martin said that although the community had won the battle to retain the beach carpark on the sea front, it was her understanding that amendments to the width of the easement had occurred without public consultation.
“With respect to the issue of consultation on the easement, the public – including the Save Te Arai group – were consulted on and agreed with minor changes to the configuration of Pacific Road into the carpark in the public reserve area during a consultation meeting last May,” Mr Lewis says.
“Locals have been demanding that we widen the access easement into the Pacific Road carpark from the existing six to eight metres – the normal width of the road – to a full 50 metres, which is twice the width of a four lane motorway. The easement is already widened to the required average 50 metres.”