The Nelson Marina will be closed for four weeks after Nelson City Council was issued an abatement notice. Photo: Supplied.

Council faces $700k bill for non-compliant hardstand


The Nelson City Council has been forced to spend an extra $700,00 on the Nelson Marina hardstand after it was found to be non-compliant.

Council was issued an abatement notice for the hardstand in March this year, due to consent requirements not being met. In order to be compliant, the hardstand area needs to be sealed with asphalt and a new sand filtration system installed, replacing the current mussel shell system.

Work is expected to begin on the Hardstand in the last week of November, and take about four weeks to complete. There are six bays currently in operation at the hardstand.

The consented area for the hardstand covers an area the size of just two bays.

Council has applied for a consent variation to allow six bays to continue to be used once work has been completed. Group manager community services Roger Ball said council officers had been working as swiftly as possible to rectify the issues identified.

“However, we acknowledge that the work might cause some delays so we encourage anyone who has work due to be done on their boats to get them booked in at the hardstand before the end of November.”

Nelmac will be overseeing use of this area to ensure breaches of the terms of use do not occur.

The works are estimated to cost $700,000, taken from capital expenditure allocated in 2020/21.