Haumoana residents want to protect their coast from erosion, but don't want to pay for it through rate increases.
Hastings District Council's heard from around one hundred residents at a public meeting earlier in the week.
Hastings district councillor Rod Heaps says options for protecting the coast and how they would be paid for were tabled.
"People want the engineering to go forward, they want groins, they want to protect Haumoana," he says.
However, they were not impressed with the Council's offer.
"They were really disappointed that that option had come out on the table."
Mr Heaps says 73 submissions on the proposal were made following the meeting.
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