Source: Whangarei District Council
Updated: 10/07/2019 8:41 a.m.
In a move to improve public safety, vehicles could be banned from the large section of Langs Beach used by beachgoers, but allowed to cross the boat-launch area, if a bylaw change goes ahead.
Council is calling for public submissions on an amendment to its Control of Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw to address the issue of accidents between vehicles and people on Langs Beach.
Council contractor Shawn Baker said Langs Beach is a small coastal community with easy beach access for pedestrians.
“People use the beach throughout the year and it is particularly busy during the summer months. We want to make sure people who come and go from the beach don’t have any unsafe interactions with vehicles, and to keep vehicle occupants safe as well.”
Mr Baker said the south-eastern end of the beach is also popular as a launch point for small boats.
“Council recognises that the south-eastern end of Langs Beach is one of only a few relatively safe launching points for small boats between Ruakaka and Mangawhai. We want to ensure people can continue to use it too.
“The proposed amendment to the Bylaw intends to strike a balance between the need to maintain vehicle access to launch small boats and the safety of pedestrian beach users.”
Council is seeking your feedback on the proposed amendment to the Bylaw.
Submissions opens on Wednesday 15 July 2019.
Submissions must be received by Council before 5pm on Monday 12 August 2019.