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Repairs to the poles would help encourage retention of sand and ameliorate the effect of large waves on the seafront, councillors were told.
St Clair Action Group member Rod Rust tabled a petition in the public forum section of the meeting which featured the signatures of 16 businesses on the Esplanade.
He said the petition had the support of every business on the street.
"We ask that the DCC repair the St Clair poles back to the groyne as it was before any more money is spent on any other coastal work."
A meeting of the St Clair Action Group on Monday night had been united in its support for such a course of action, he said.
The council had been excellent in its consultation processes and very good at meeting with people about the issues facing the shoreline, "but we still haven’t seen any action in quite a few years of trying to fix this beach".
As the work needed was to repair an existing structure, he said there should be no need to delay the work.
"We could spend a lot of time and money trying to find a more expensive solution that we don’t need to do.
"We don’t need a more expensive solution if the simple, environmentally friendly use of wood in that setting, easily removable, something that can be done quickly and cheaply and honours the wisdom of the people that came before us."
Cr Andrew Whiley said the poles were the iconic image of St Clair, and asked if that was also the view of the local business owners.
Mr Rust said that was absolutely the case.
"It seems a logical place to start with that structure which is an iconic image and we can build on that so it becomes more of an attractive thing to start with."
Mayor Aaron Hawkins noted Mr Rust’s claim that his group thought there would not be consenting issues to repair the poles, and asked where they were getting their resource management advice from.
Mr Rust said they had not yet consulted a planning lawyer or city planner about their idea, but said he would welcome any clarification.