An intense public meeting was held in Auckland last week over the future of vehicle use on Muriwai Beach, TVNZ reports. The meeting is in line with Auckland Council’s number of proposals about the future of the popular west coast beach, including an option to close it to cars permanently. However, the community is angry over the lack of consultation around the submissions process, and the majority want the beach to remain open and the police to patrol it. Thursday’s meeting is the first of three community meetings on the issue, with two more scheduled over the next two weeks. Public submissions close on May 7.