Pohutukawa Coast Trails - Steering Group
What is being planned?
Auckland Council has a long term programme to promote safe and accessible walking and cycling linkages within and between communities. Franklin Local Board has identified Beachlands/Maraetai as a priority to implement the programme locally.
The current proposals largely focus on making sure that Beachlands/Maraetai areas are well connected to each other, with walking and cycling trails that extend to Clevedon and Whitford. Bridle trails are also being considered as well as overland, coastal and forest routes.
Who is working on this?
The Pohutukawa Coast Trails Steering Group was established by Franklin Local Board in March this year (2016). This group has been meeting monthly since March 2016
A broad range of local interests is represented on the group, including:
Pohutukawa Coast Community Association
Pohutukawa Coast Rotary - view information http://pohutukawacoast.nz/75-pohutukawa-coast-rotary-club-inc
Pohutukawa Coast Bike Club,
Beachlands/Maraetai Pony Club,
Beachlands Maraetai & Districts Historical Society
Pohutukawa Coast Sea Rescue
Te Puru Community Centre
Franklin Local Board
This group is chaired by Local Board member Angela Fulljames, and the Local Board representative is Malcolm Bell.
The Steering Group has been familiarizing themselves with the potential options for walkways, cycleways and bridle trails in the area, this has included on site visits. The initial task has been to identify existing as well as proposed linkages. The Steering Group has established close associations with the Whitford and Clevedon community groups who are also working on local trails. Iwi are interested and have been kept informed.
How is the work going?
So far, potential ideas have been identified, and there is still the need to discuss trails where this could affect interested parties. The next stage is to discuss the ideas with the local community and seek their input. Once feedback is collated this will then go to the Steering Group. A refined draft plan will be developed that will go back to the community for further consultation.
The Steering Group is interested in hearing community ideas for establishing trails. An open day is being held on 11 September. Priorities will need to be set for the development of the trails, again the Steering Group would like feedback on what those priorities may be.
The aim is to present a plan to the Franklin Local Board (probably early 2017) for consideration and formal adoption by the Board.
What will happen long term?
Once the Plan has been approved by the Franklin Local Board, implementation will take place over a number of years. Funding could come from the Government, Auckland Council, Franklin Local Board, and in some cases, funding will come from community fundraising.
Other options may include agreement by local landowners for access over their land, perhaps as part of a redevelopment, incorporating trails as part of this local development.
Many groups have been and will continue to be involved. For instance the Walking Access Commission provides information and support, and there is real potential for local trails in and around Beachlands/Maraetai to connect with other national walking and cycling developments.
If you want to be involved or want further information contact:
Any member of the Steering Group:
Pohutukawa Coast Community Association – Emily May
Pohutukawa Coast Rotary – Nigel Wooding
Pohutukawa Coast Bike Club – Callum Wilson or the bike club at http://www.pcbc.co.nz or
https://www.facebook.com/Pohutukawa-Coast-Bike-Club-117091788315880/ for new tracks.
Beachlands/Maraetai Pony Club – Jacki Corkhill,
Beachlands Maraetai & Districts Historical Society – Graham Strachan
Pohutukawa Coast Sea Rescue – John Stacey
Te Puru Community Centre – Garth Dawson
Franklin Local Board – Malcolm Bell or the Chair Angela Fulljames