The Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board is urging locals to have their say on a revised Kāpiti Council Beach Bylaw which could limit access to a popular beach. The bylaw, which covers this and a range of other issues,opened for consultation today.
Board chair Kathy Spiers says the district’s beaches are a key part of the Kāpiti Coast’s identity.
And one contentious issue is a proposal to block off the Manly Street North beach access to boats and vehicles — and install automatic gates and cameras at the Paraparaumu Boating Club entrance to Paraparaumu Beach.
“This would see increased control over who is allowed to drive on the beach,” says Ms Spiers.
More people visiting Kāpiti beaches
“Population growth and increases in visitor numbers means we now have many more people visiting our coastline enjoying the water and our sandy beaches.
“The beach is a busy place with people undertaking a range of activities from having a family day out,horse riding, longline fishing, white baiting, kite surfing, swimming, launching boats, and driving their vehicles so it’s important that we take a look at the bylaw to ensure the beach can be enjoyed safely by everyone,” said Ms Spiers.
Two pop-up sessions
The Community Board is holding two pop-up sessions this month to get locals’ views on the revised Beach Bylaw.
“We’re interested in hearing people’s thoughts on what rights of access people with disabilities should have to the beach,” says Ms Spiers. “The proposal is looking at using a mobility card system to allow those with disabilities vehicles access.
“Signage is another area that the Community Board is interested in. The Community Board is of the view that more information needs to be readily accessible to those wishing to enjoy our beaches.
The first Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board’s pop up session will be held on Tuesday 20 October, 6pm – 8.00 pm, at the Senior Citizens Hall, Ocean Road, Paraparaumu Beach.
The second session, which will be jointly hosted by members of both the Paraparaumu/Raumati and Waikanae community boards, will take place on Wednesday 28 October, 6.30pm – 8pm, at the Otaihanga Boating Club, Otaihanga.
“Community Board members are looking forward to engaging with residents and hearing their thoughts on beach access and what activities should be permitted on beautiful beaches,” says Ms Spiers. “Everyone is welcome.”