Take a look at the landscape plans for the estuary edge in South New Brighton and Southshore.
While it’s taken us a while to get to this point, we now have landscape plans for what’s proposed along the estuary edge in Southshore and South New Brighton.
The light green is grass, and the darker green is low planting to create an attractive area (but not to block the views!). Where possible, we’ll be retaining or relocating existing significant trees and bushes.
Along the whole length of the project area there is a flood mitigation bund with a 3m wide walking track along the top. In Southshore the bund runs along the estuary edge. In South New Brighton Park the bund is more landward through the park, but the main path follows the estuary edge.
Additionally, in several areas which are low lying, we’re proposing swales and or rain gardens (which are shown as blue rings) to help store water so when it rains, water doesn’t drain into neighbouring properties. The purpose of the swales and or rain gardens is to manage rainfall runoff on the land.
Possible species proposed for the project area:
We’ve had some consenting challenges with this project that have required considerable work to resolve and are the reason why it’s taken this long to get to this point. Ecological mapping of Southshore has identified some areas where the proposed design encroaches upon existing areas of saltmarsh, sea meadow and sea grass, as well as ‘at risk’ coastal bird populations and sites of cultural significance. Middens (archaeological sites) were identified close to the estuary edge in the South New Brighton Park and we have been working closely with the Ihutai Ahu Whenua Trust on how to protect these.
These landscape plans work together with the technical designs already agreed for the estuary edge. In 2020 Council approved a proposed approach to erosion mitigation in Southshore and South New Brighton. As a reminder of what is proposed:
Come along to see the landscape plans for the Southshore and South New Brighton estuary edge. Talk to the project team, and let us know what you think of what’s proposed.
Date: Saturday 17 June 2023
Time: 12:30pm - 4pm
Location: The Bridge, 51 Bridge Street, South Brighton