Rocks left over after construction work to remain at popular Christchurch beach

Clifton beach near the Coastal Pathway. Photo: File image
Clifton beach near the Coastal Pathway. Photo: File image
The Redcliffs Residents Association is “extremely disappointed” with the decision against removing the rocks at Clifton beach.

The group, which has been advocating for the removal of the rocks for more than two years, said the beach is nothing like it used to be before they were placed there.

The rocks were brought to the surface of the beach following construction along the Coastal Pathway and Main Rd.

In 2019, Christchurch City Council sieved the excess sand and removed rocks that were more than 100mm in diameter from the site. However, the Redcliffs Residents Association says there are still rocks present.

The decision comes after the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board met with the Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group.

During the meeting the group advised the board that the rocks “are not going to be a problem in the future and it would be pointless to remove the rocks and a waste of council’s funds.”

However, Redcliffs Residents Association chairwoman Christine Toner said beach-goers cannot enjoy the area like they did before as the rocks prevent people from walking along the sand.

“People would sit on the beach in the sun and enjoy the smooth sand but now that’s not possible,” she said.

“It seems they’ve washed their hands of a problem they’ve caused.”

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