Kawau Bay Fishing Club hopes a controversial sun shelter that it is erecting at Snells Beach will be finished before the end of summer.
Club secretary Gael Knight says the shelter at Sunburst Reserve is in fact complete, but there needs to be further drainage works and the installation of a table, which will be undertaken by Auckland Council.
The fishing club decided to gift the sun shelter to the Snells Beach community using money raised for a clubrooms project, that was ultimately abandoned.
The fishing club secured more than 280 signatures in support of the project but around 30 residents living in nearby streets strongly objected to it – fearing the shelter would become a focal point for noisy parties, alcohol and drug use.
Ms Knight says now the shelter has been built, comments received by the club have been overwhelmingly positive – particularly from mums with young children who appreciate its location next to a playground. Ms Knight could not say exactly when Council would complete the remaining works, but said it had been extremely pro-active and supportive of the project so far. Once complete, the fishing club plans an opening ceremony with a barbecue.