Eastbourne: Days Bay Residents Association

For those residents or the close environs the updates of the Days Bay Residents Association are posted on their site.

This is an excellent resource for the local community and addresses several issues releevant to Days Bay including further insight into sand depletion at the bay, a topic dear to most who visit.

The latest meeting and minutes:-

Minutes of Days Bay Residents Association AGM Wed 26 August 2009 – Cobar Restaurant, 612 Marine Drive, Days Bay – opening 7.00pm

The latest minutes from the meeting are here

Eastbourne: Scheme to curb bicycle thefts

Police in the Lower Hutt suburb of Eastbourne have unveiled a free bike scheme to reduce the number of bicycle thefts in the region.

Eastbourne Community Constable Anthony Harmer says the seaside community has been plagued with thefts, especially during summer. But he says rather than disappearing for good, the bikes have been used by opportunists to get from A to B, then dumped.

Mr Harmer says that has prompted him to introduce a new scheme where bikes are available to pick up and drop off at several points around the bays, free of charge. He says he will have to wait until summer to gauge the true impact, but he has noticed a definite drop in the number of bikes being handed into the police station.

Eastbourne: Two more caught in selling alcohol to minors

wo Eastbourne businesses and their employess are facing prosecution after selling alcohol to two 16 year old girls.

Part of a late last month crackdown of around 15 outlets around the Lower Hutt area both the Eastbourne 4 Square and the Lifeboat Tavern were caught. This is a continuing undertaking by Hutt Valley Police to monitor underage liquor purchase . Recently a Naenae liquor store was prosecuted as a result of this crackdown.

Police have filed reports with the Liquor Licensing Authority and will be charging the employees involved with the sale of liquor to minors.

Hutt Sewage Pipe – Update

The man in charge of Lower Hutt’s trunk main outfall remains confident it is in good condition, and won’t need replacement in the short-medium term.

Councillors rattled by a stress fracture in the pipe in the heart of Eastbourne, forcing another month of discharge of treated sewage into the harbour while it’s repaired, said last week that it’s bad for the Hutt’s reputation.

This latest shutdown of the trunk main comes on top of a six-week, $500,000 repair job on 11 joint seals along the 18km pipeline and led Cr Ross Jamieson to query if the city is being too optimistic on the robustness of the outfall.

City Services general manager Bruce Sherlock admitted that the fact the latest leak is due to a crack in the pipe rather than a joint failure “is a concern”. That’s why, as an extra precaution, during this forced shutdown E Carson & Sons contractors will walk the entire length of the pipeline to inspect its internal integrity. Previously, CCTV cameras had been used for the inspection.

As at last Friday, contractors had inspected 9km of the outfall  including random checks on joint seals  and had found no other problems. They’re mystified as to what caused the stress fracture near the corner of Muritai Rd and Rimu St.

The rest of the pipe will be inspected this week but the outfall is expected to be out of action for another three weeks because of a delay over parts needed to repair the fracture.

Mr Sherlock said he’d be able to assure councillors “with more confidence” when the inspection is complete. But he reminded them a 2004 in-depth investigation, including core sampling, found the 1960-commissioned main trunk to be in good condition, with an anticipated useful life of another 30 years or so.

Replacing the pipeline would cost about $30 million, but a government subsidy of 28% would be available. It’s a possibility any new pipeline would be laid under the harbour.

The council has put in its 10-year budget a $30 million contingency, mostly coming into effect from 2019.  Mr Sherlock says an upgrade to the capacity of the outfall will be necessary if the resource consent allowing discharge of treated sewage overflow into Waiwhetu Stream in times of heavy rain is not renewed in 2013 (though he’s confident it will be renewed), or if growth in the city requires a bigger/better pipe from Korohiwa to the outfall (the section where pressure is the highest).

He said if it was found necessary, some of that money could be diverted to replace all 4,000 of the joint seals along the pipeline at a cost of $3,000 each.

 

Cr Jamieson said the pipe shutdowns annoy fishers and other harbour users, cause traffic disruption while repairs are done, and – despite the assurances that the material being released into the harbour is secondary treated sewage from the Seaview plant, with a quality and appearance close to water – ”Waiwhetu Stream stinks. It does!”

Fellow Eastbourne councillor Joy Baird said the pipe shutdowns damage council’s credibility but Mayor David Ogden said he refuted that.  The Hutt Valley had spent $60 million on a modern treatment plant at Seaview that it could have built out at Pencarrow Heads.  It had taken all the care it could to inspect the main trunk pipeline, ”and I have said consistently if we need to build a new pipeline, we will”.

via Stuff

Eastbourne Bus Barn – Controversy that won’t go away

It appears that this issue will not go away, given its low priority rating in the ratepayers survey it will continue to be a point of controversy until construction is completed. HuttNZ feels it is a cop out to make good on past failures by the Hutt City Council in dealing with Eastbourne issues. The story so far…..

The fate of the Eastbourne land that nearly caused the town to launch a secession attempt has moved closer to resolution with acceptance of  a $2.2 million makeover in Hutt City Council’s latest spending plans.

But some councillors say the funding is exorbitant in a tough economic climate where the focus is on finding cuts.

Renovating the 70-year-old barns was one of the sticking points during a stoush between the council and Eastbourne residents, when the coastal town threatened to secede to Wellington.

A compromise was reached when the council agreed to set aside $500,000 to refurbish the site, with the plans later costed at nearly $3m. The project’s cost has now been estimated at $2.2m in the council’s long-term plan, which councillor Max Shierlaw said was too much in this environment.

He was one of two councillors who opposed the bus barn spending, citing public surveys where it rated poorly. “The community at large have spoken loud and clear and they do not see this as a priority.”

Even residents in Petone, Seaview and Eastbourne were split on the spending, he said. “People I’ve spoken to think it’s nuts … it’s just a hang-over from the Eastbourne Rights secession plan.”

But Lower Hutt Mayor David Ogden said he was not interested in going through the argument again.

The council had drawn up plans for the site and consulted extensively with the community. The barns had a heritage rating, and their refurbishment was an investment for the council because they could be rented out.

“I’m sure it will be something we’ll be proud of when we’re finished,” he said.

The overhaul includes money to strengthen the building located just south of Eastbourne and landscaping. The council has a tentative rental agreement with a bus company to use the barns. Hutt City pocketed $2 million from the sale of the former Eastbourne Bus company in the 1990s to reduce debt and by oversight had failed to charge the City Line bus company use of the building that could have been used to maintain it.

The area has caused controversy for years, with the bus barn deteriorating and a community proposal for the area rejected by Hutt City Council.

When the council announced plans to demolish the building and subdivide the land, Eastbourne Rights group organised a petition to secede to Wellington City Council.

Community board chairman Ian Young said the council had come around to the idea of public consultation, even devoting its staff to helping with the report. Mr Young pitched the upgrade project as “an investment opportunity”. Rents from the bus company and for the flats that will be created are anticipated to be worth $100,000 per annum.The bus company is contributing $350,000 to the project.

More than 40 submissions on the land were received by February 2008 as to what to do with the Bus Barns.

Renovating the 70-year-old barns was one of the sticking points during a stoush between the council and Eastbourne residents, when the coastal town threatened to secede to Wellington.

Eastbourne: $2.2m for Bus Barn upgrade

Council engineers have put a figure of $2.2 million on the cost of the upgrading of the bus barn at Korohiwa. (see article)

The engineers assessed the building2 weeks ago and say they found that its state was not as dire as orginally thought.

A report has been furnished which states that a rental income of up to $100,000 could be expected from the barn upon refurbishment. Rental is still being negotiated between the tenant City line and the HCC. City Line is being asked to contribute $350,000 towards upgrade.

However even if recommendations are passed, it will most likely face opposition from several councillors.

Max Shierlaw Western Ward Representative (Normandale) says saving the barn is a waste of money, and wants the council to think hard about spending up to $3m on its upgrade and landscaping the bay.

“Just because its historic it doesn’t mean it needs to be restored” he says. “At the end of the day theres pressure on the budget, and we’ve all these requests for spending. you can’t just keep adding and adding without taking other things away”.

Cr Shierlaw also questions how much of the Eastbourne community supports an upgrade to the bus barn. He believes the issue was hijacked by vocal minority who want to get back at HCC.

Work on landscaping the bay is due to start shortly.

My opinion is that this area needs work, it is access to the Pencarrow coastal walk which is extremely attractive as a recreational option especially in summer both by walkers and mountain bikers. As for the Bus Barn at $2.2m seems a lot, a return of $100k does not add up in my eyes, but no doubt that providing bus shelter is hugely beneficial to City Line and regional transport hubs, that no doubt has been factored into this development.

Hutt Valleys Main Sewerage Pipeline leaks again

Hutt City Council is back in the proverbial.

After seven weeks and $500,000 spent fixing the Hutt Valley’s main sewerage pipeline, a new leak means council workers must walk all 18 kilometres of the waste expressway to plug the holes.

The first sign of the problem came on Saturday morning when effluent bubbled to the surface near the centre of Eastbourne while the pipe was being refilled. Despite this saga, the council says the pipeline is in “good condition” and that talk of a $20 million replacement is premature. About 2.5 million cubic metres of treated effluent has poured into Wellington Harbour since the first leak was found in March and the pipeline shut down. More than 1 million cubic metres will follow suit over an extra month of repairs, that will cost at least another $100,000. While the last repair job used CCTV cameras to identify leaks, this time council workers will physically walk the pipeline to spot any missed leaks.

Council city services general manager Bruce Sherlock said the first round of repairs which identified 11 leaks was finished last week. Refilling of the pipeline was about two-thirds complete when the new leak surfaced near Rimu St in the central shopping area of Eastbourne. Unlike most of the other leaks, the latest one stemmed from a crack in the pipeline and would require excavation work, Mr Sherlock said. “It’s frustrating … We regret it obviously and, once again, we’ll work as quickly as we can to get it fixed.”

The pipeline had since been emptied again at discharge points along the coastline. As a precaution, signs were put up at several bays warning people not to swim or collect shellfish in the area. However, he said all of the council’s tests had shown negligible health risks from the effluent which was usually of a higher quality than Wellington Harbour after a storm. Asked if the new leak meant the pipeline should be replaced, Mr Sherlock said the council’s position had not changed. “We’ve done the CCTV inspection, which confirmed what we already thought, which is that the pipe itself is in good condition.” But the walk-through could still provide new information, he said.

Eastbourne Community Board chairman Ian Young said the repeated discharges were concerning though a council engineer had briefed him on the pipeline. “It’s just fortunate it’s in the middle of winter when fewer people are going swimming.” Most residents wanted to avoid the huge disruption of having the entire pipeline replaced, he said.

via Stuff