The Pacific Road carpark at Te Arai will stay put after the developer has backtracked on its proposal to move the facility back from the beach.
The developer, Te Arai North Limited (TANL), had a resource consent to move the carpark about 300 metres back from the beach. But, TANL representative David Lewis says after talking with Auckland Council, the developer has agreed to leave the carpark where it is.
“Full access will remain at the carpark,” Mr Lewis says. “We are waiting to meet with the groups involved to talk through what we are proposing. We never had any intention of restricting access.”
He says Council has been getting a lot of correspondence on the issue, which has lead to the change. The Save Te Arai group and Mangawhai resident Christine Fernyhough presented to Council’s Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee on May 18.
The Committee requested Parks manager Mace Ward work with the community and the developer to “resolve public access for all modes to Te Arai Beach”.
A meeting between Council, the developer, Save Te Arai, the Te Arai Beach Preservation Society, Orewa Long Board Club, the NZ Fairy Tern Trust and the Surfbreak Protection Society was scheduled for Friday May 27, as Mahurangi Matters went to print.
Save Te Arai chair Aaron McConchie says the group hasn’t heard any details about the proposal, but is hopeful the issue will be resolved at the meeting.
“We are going into the meeting blind, but with an open mind,” Mr McConchie says.