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Kapiti candidate wants to change “living nightmare” coastal erosion policy

Press Release – Jackie Elliott
“Kapiti Coast District Council face an estimated $250,000 in costs defending the first case against their arbitrary lines on 1800 LIM reports, and there are 1799 cases to go”, says Mayoral Candidate, Jackie Elliott.

Regardless of the outcome of Mike Weir’s case, storms will occur, erosion will occur, accretion will occur. However the outcomes predicted in Dr Shand’s report are not predicted for another 50 – 100 years.

“The policy designed to stop future court action against KCDC has prompted that very action. It has failed and is one of the many decisions made by the current Council that must be reversed for the common good”. says Ms Elliott

What is needed is a common sense long term approach to re assessing the risk, or lack of it, and the immediate removal of the arbitrary lines off the LIM’s that are based on controversial science.

“It is vital the science used by Council is accurate and verifiable. It was an overnight decision by KCDC that placed the 1800 owners of the affected properties into a living nightmare. This can be quickly remedied and removing the lines is exactly what I will do when elected Mayor”, says Ms Elliott.

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  1. StormSurge, 1. July 2013, 22:59

    Only have to look at what the late May low-level SE storms did to the coast at Paekakariki …. even concrete shifted and pipes exposed. With the weather changing to winter westerlies, expect coastal violence and erosion. W powerful in Spring, but unseasonable ones in winter again??? I think KCDC being realistic in their outlook and potential of major storm damage. You only have to look at Paekakariki’ coast and what has happened there.