Repairing Franklin’s Coastal Damage

Image source: Auckland Council

The summer’s wild weather has seen parts of Franklin hit with a number of storms, resulting in a large amount of coastal erosion and damage to facilities on beaches, said Auckland Council in their latest release. 

Commenting this, local board chair, Angela Fulljames, said that repair work will be ongoing well into 2018.

We are putting significant effort into ensuring our coastal areas are safe and able to withstand what nature throws at them,” she said.

“This type of weather is not going away and a lot of infrastructure is no longer fit for purpose.”

Agnes McCormack, Auckland Council Head of Operational Management and Maintenance, added that there were 16 coastal erosion cases reported in the Franklin Local Board area following the storms on 4 and 5 January and her team has been working hard to make these sites safe.

“Council contractors have made all of the sites safe and will continue to monitor these measures,” she said,

“The operations team is now working with the council’s Coastal and Geotechnical Services team to prioritize sites according to risk.

“Some of these sites still require structural and geotechnical inspections to confirm the scope of required repairs.”

Some repair work has been delayed because building and landscaping materials have been unavailable, but work on high priority projects will start soon, according to Auckland Council.

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