Supporters of the threatened Takapuna Beach Holiday Camp rallied in support of the seaside North Shore facility at a public meeting last night.
The 80-year-old camp's days may be numbered to make way for a proposed $8.3 million world-class yachting facility at Takapuna Beach Reserve, which would act as a high-performance centre for Yachting New Zealand.
Public submissions on the resource consent bid, which closed on April 13, had 519 submissions in favour and 498 against, with five neutral.
The plan calls for the removal of 38 trees and demolition of the camping ground's buildings and roads.
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At a Devonport-Takapuna Local Board meeting last night, Tom Logan, who described himself as a yachtie, said the board should not push the wishes of a tiny minority for a sailing facility of eight offices. "Something more humble will do the task I'm sure," he said.
A Save Takapuna Beach Holiday Park Facebook page had attracted 11,430 "likes" last night. The page's co-organiser Gavin Sheehan said the public was overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the holiday park.
He said he was pleased to learn from Auckland Council staff that a new lease for the holiday park could be granted subject to public consultation.