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Thursday May 25, 2017

Children plan beach clean up

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Residential groups feel excluded from the Miramar Avenue development, which has raised concerns that the Wellington City Council and a councilfunded business group (BID) are calling the shots. Council consultant Ben Alexander has praised the project for having talked to a “good cross section of the avenue, representing both business and community”. Yet, Maupuia and Miramar residents’ association chair, Robin Boldarin said neither council nor the BID had approached the association for input.

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Island Bay beach will be the focus of the clean up. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Continued from page 1. Stella said the idea came after attending the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme at the Tapu Te Ranga Reserve earlier this year. From then on they wanted to help the sea environment. “We thought we’d do a beach clean-up. We wanted to help the animals who are dying because of rubbish,” she said. Stella and Florence said they already had planned out how they hoped the beach clean-up would go. “For the beach clean-up we were going to get big plastic bags and then split into different groups. Each group would find different bits of rubbish,” Stella said. “We want to lay out all of the rubbish on a big tarpaulin after we finish so we can find out what type of rubbish gets dumped on the beach.” From there they might make a piece of art work to show how much rubbish could be found on the beach, Stella said. The pair said they hoped the project would show people how much rubbish could be found on the beach and the harm littering could do to the environment. “We were going to do a bake sale but we thought this might be better,” Florence said.  The beach clean-up will take place on Island Bay beach on Sunday, June 18 from 1.30pm to 2pm.

Her concern was that the BID was dominating discussions and they “look on it purely from a commercial point of view”. “I think they’ve got a remarkable lot of power,” she said. Robin’s biggest concern was the future “high traffic count” on the road caused by the diversion of the Route 2 and 30 buses along Miramar Avenue. In addition, the proposed $22 million Shelly Bay housing development would cause further traffic congestion on the avenue when the daily traffic count along Shelly Bay road is expected to increase from 1000 to 4500. “There is a suggestion that there will be traffic lights put in and I’m sure that will go down

like a bomb, but that won’t stop the traffic,” Robin said. M i ra ma r BI D cha i r ma n Thomas Weltzer-Helfen claimed his group was not “keen on a whole bunch of traffic lights stop-starting”. They wanted the area to be more pedestrian-friendly and their imperative was to slow down traffic along the avenue. In spite of these public reservations, the council has begun engaging with Isthmus Architects for the urban design concepts to be developed in June. The murky arrangement between council and the BID has led to confusion over who has final say on the development. The council website previously

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promoted the BID as “leading the project” with the assistance of the council, which was reiterated by Ben. However, the BID denied this and said their proposal to engage consultants was ignored. Ben later corrected himself that it was a “partnership” and the website was updated. The Miramar BID was formed as part of a series of BID’s set up in 2013, to strengthen their council relationships with local businesses. The BID is funded by a council levy on local business’ rates. The group is required under the BID policy to align with the goals of the Wellington council and is accountable to the council for the funding they receive.

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