After months of debate, the Waikouaiti Coast Community
Board has chosen to go with a revised council plan to fell
trees next to Waikouaiti Beach.
The revised plan by the council intends to remove the pine
plantation next to the beach in four stages. The first stage
is to start in November and the last is tentatively set to
finish in 2017.
The council came up with the plan after community members at
a meeting in November last year objected to a plan to fell
the trees in two stages, concerned it would leave them
vulnerable to coastal erosion and battered by wind and sand.
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board chairman Gerard Collings
said the new plan represented a ''compromise'' and addressed
many of the concerns raised.
In voting at its meeting last week to go with the plan, the
community board also asked for some additional conditions.
Those conditions included having the council review progress
after every stage of felling, not just the first, develop a
communications strategy in partnership with the community
board and monitor and report back to the board on coastal
erosion along Waikouaiti Beach.
Mr Collings hoped most people would be ''satisfied'' with the
board's decision, but said it would be impossible to please
''There is such a wide range of views among the community
about what should and shouldn't happen,'' he said.
The community board was ''pretty much unanimous that doing
nothing isn't an option'', which was a major reason why it
voted to go with the plan.
The council would have the final say, but Mr Collings
previously indicated it would probably follow the board's