Rodney Times : December 9th 2010
5 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS 2586455AL Quality Living for the Independent Retired Peace Hope Joy Baycrest Village is a Registered Charitable Trust With: A Friendly Atmosphere Supportive Community Christian Values For further information: phone Dianne (09) 424 2719 Email: email@example.com www.baycrestvillage.co.nz Baycrest Village, Walbrook Road, Whangaparaoa. We Wish You A Very Happy Christmas With Court defers decision on paper road Long road: Members and supporters of the South Head Action Group walk the length of the Higham paper road. By DELWYN DICKEY The contentious Higham paper road issue at South Head has been deferred until February 25 by the Environment Court. The new Auckland Council sought the delay from the November 29 date so it could consider its position on the road stopping''. The paper road is at the centre of a bitter dis- pute on the South Kaipara Peninsula after the former Rodney Dis- trict Council agreed to swap the publicly-owned land, which gives four- wheel-drive beach and boat access on to the Kaipara Harbour, for a piece of land where access is mainly through swamps and mangrove forest. Two days before the Environment Court hearing was due, about 50 walkers and sup- porters of the South Head Action Group used a satellite-based navi- gation system to walk the paper road to High- ams Beach. The walk follows a pre- vious march along the road organised by the group, and at least one more is planned before the February hearing. The decision to swap the paper road also put the Rodney council and former Auckland Reg- ional Council on a collision course. The peninsula has public access at Shelly Beach where boats can be launched on the Kaipara Harbour, and the regional council said limited public access on to the harbour would be reduced even more. It would stop access to the boat ramp com- pletely at Highams Beach and was contrary to various plans and statements, including the New Zealand Coastal Policy and the Resource Management Act. Some local district councillors said the stop- ping of the road had only become an issue after the regional council had reneged on the purchase agreement to provide vehicle access to the beach through the nearby Te Rua Puriri Regional Park, which the district council helped to buy. The regional council said there was never such an agreement.
December 7th 2010
December 14th 2010