29 Aug 2013

St Clair residents win right to be part of sink hole solution

9:47 am on 29 August 2013

People from St Clair beach in Dunedin have won a significant stake in decisions about a long-term solution to the area's failed sea-wall.

One hundred residents attended a meeting on Wednesday night at Forbury Raceway called by the Dunedin City Council so its consultant engineers could collect local views on the problem.

The wall's beach ramps have been repeatedly broken by storms, and in May this year large sink holes appeared in the paved walkway.

Council staff are trying to prevent more erosion.

Council staff are trying to prevent more erosion. Photo: RNZ

St Clair residents told the council it should have listened to their criticisms of the designs, and they proposed a wide range of possible solutions.

The meeting had the council agree to form a liaison committee to provide formal local representation in the process.