Buller District Council

Media Release- Council Addresses Safety Concerns at Cape Foulwind

18th January, 2019

Safety concerns have prompted Buller District Council to put temporary protection measures in place at the coastal end of Domain Road.

Members of the community have raised concerns about the stability of the turnaround area at the end of Domain Road, adjacent to the Omau Domain, due to the effects of erosion. Following site visits, Council has determined that the area is currently not suitable for parking and manoeuvring vehicles. A range of temporary measures are now being put in place to address these concerns and protect the health and safety of those using the area, while longer term solutions are considered.

Work has begun this week on a temporary barrier to block vehicle access to the existing turnaround area. A temporary alternate turning area is being investigated to provide for vehicles using Domain Road.

Council has also used its Freedom Camping Bylaw to temporarily prohibit freedom camping in the area. The bylaw allows for temporary closures or restrictions on freedom camping where this is considered necessary to prevent damage, allow maintenance, protect health and safety or provide better public access. In this case the temporary closure of the area to freedom campers has been considered necessary to protect people’s health and safety. The closure will remain in place until it is no longer considered necessary.

“These temporary measures have been put in place now to address the immediate concerns about the safety of people using this area”, says Buller Mayor Garry Howard. “They will provide a short term solution to the issue, and allow time for Council and the community to work together and consider longer term options”.

 

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