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IMPROVEMENT: Concept plans for the Beachville Rd esplanade will be implemented once the Coastal Pathway Group has raised the necessary funds. ​

Beachville Rd plans need funding „„ By Sarla Donovan REMEDIATION work to fix bare, grassless patches on the Beachville Rd esplanade will take place this week – but funding is still being sought for picnic tables and other amenities. The Redcliffs Residents Association wrote to the city council in October about overgrown grass and landscaping work left unfinished after the Beachville Rd seawall was completed. A few days after the Bay Harbour News published an article about the issue earlier this month, city council contractors mowed the area

but the RRA said other remediation work wasn’t done. City council programme director strategic support, Carolyn Gallagher said last Thursday the grassed area had been too wet for vehicles to access until recently. “The contractor has a backlog of similar work to address in other areas of the city and it is on his programme to complete this month.” She said further developments were planned, and would be based on a concept design incorporating the coastal pathway, which was approved by the Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board in 2015. The development would be

funded by the Coastal Pathway Group from “external donations and grants,” Ms Gallagher said. CPG chairman Scott Babington said the group was currently seeking funding to pay for enhancements. These would include planting, pathway features, picnic tables, seats, rubbish bins, drinking fountains, bike stands and possibly a bike repair station. “Essentially we have plans, quotes and are ready to go as soon as funding allows,” Mr Babington said. RRA secretary Pat McIntosh said when the concept design was approved by the commu-

nity board, further consultation with residents about details was recommended. “Since the basic landscaping has changed considerably between how it looked when the plan was being developed and now the SCIRT works have been completed it will have to be reviewed.” Ms Gallagher said residents would be informed once the CPG had raised the necessary funds. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think of the plans for the Beachville Rd esplanade? Email your views to sarla.donovan@ starmedia.kiwi

„„ By Sarla Donovan A SUMNER property investigated by the city council for accommodation issues has been cleared. In August this year, the city council identified potential noncompliance’s with the District Plan relating to short-term guest accommodation activities at 58 Marriner St. A city council spokeswoman said the situation had now been resolved. “The city council understands that the site is no longer being used for short-term guest accommodation,” the spokeswoman said. The city council said it had “provided guidance to the occupant in relation to District Plan requirements.” The spokeswoman said the investigation was a separate matter from the prior compliance issues at the property. In March this year, following complaints from residents, the city council shut down an illegal hostel being operated at the address by a tenant. A resource consent is required if a property is to be run as a hostel.

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