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Summit Road is a popular recreational area with ecological significance. It is vulnerable to fires as seen recently, and historically with the burning of the Sign of the Bellbird in 2015. It is in the interests of the city to protect this asset.
On Thursday 22 March, Council decided not go ahead with the proposal to restrict access to Summit Road.
That the Council:
1. Does not approve the installation of a Prohibited Times on Road Restriction on Summit Road (Rapaki Road - Gebbies Pass Road) and Worsleys Road (Summit Road - start of the Track).
2. Requests that the Port Hills Management Plan be advanced as soon as possible recognising that the outcomes and objectives of that Plan may assist in achieving positive outcomes for the Summit Road and other affected roads in the area covered by that Plan.
3. Requests that a joint briefing on these matters be provided as soon as possible to the affected Community Boards.
4. Request a report to enable consideration of lowering of the speed limit on the Summit Road within four months.
5. Request a report to enable consideration of mechanisms that could potentially identify users of the Summit Road for crime prevention purposes within four months.
6. Notes that the Police are agreeable to assisting with measures to curb anti-social behaviour on the Summit Road.
A Hearing was held on Thursday 15 February. The Hearing Panel have read all of the submissions and have heard deputations from two residents and two interest groups. Following this, they resolved that:
The Hearings Panel recommends that the Council:
Submitters will be informed of the details of the Council decision making meeting once the date has been confirmed.
After considering the written submissions received, staff intend to recommend that Council not proceed with the proposal to restrict night time access of vehicles on Summit Road (Rapaki Road - Gebbies Pass Road) and Worsleys Road (Summit Road - start of the Track).
During the consultation period we received 865 submissions – 221 were in support, 99 were in support but had some concerns, and 545 did not support the proposal.
The themes of the submissions included:
Concerns about the proposal
All submissions have now been collated and will be considered by the Council’s Hearings Panel on Thursday 15 February. The Hearings Panel will also consider the views presented by any submitters who wish to be heard in person, and are available to appear and speak on the assigned hearings date.
The Hearings Panel will consider submissions on behalf of Council, and make recommendations to the Council for a decision. The Panel will not decide whether the proposal is approved or not.
Following the meeting, a Hearings Panel report to Council will convey the Panel’s recommendations for a decision. The Hearings Panel may adjourn if it requires further information before making a recommendation. For this reason, and to allow the Hearings Panel report to Council to be written and approved, it may be some time before Council considers the matter.
Concerns have been raised regarding anti-social road use, safety, damage, vandalism, fire and rubbish. Council have been working with Police, Summit Road Protection Authority and the Selwyn District Council to investigate possible solutions.
Under the Cruising and Prohibited Times on Roads Bylaw 2014, Christchurch City Council in conjunction with Selwyn District Council proposes to restrict night time road access to Summit Road (between Rapaki Road and Gebbies Pass Road) and Worsleys Road (Summit Road to the start of the Track).
The proposed time restrictions will prohibit vehicles under 3500kg on Summit Road (from Rapaki Road to Gebbies Pass Road) and Worsleys Road (from Summit Road to the start of the Track) from 10pm - 5am, Thursday to Monday, and public holidays.
The Bylaw allows for exceptions to the prohibition including:
Overnight access will be unrestricted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Car parking opposite the Sign of the Kiwi will be unaffected.
We want to hear your views on the proposal. Tell us what you think by 5pm, Friday 4 August 2017. This will help Council to make an informed decision in late 2017.
All feedback will be considered by the project team, prior to a staff recommendation being made at the Joint Community Boards / Infrastructure Transport Environment meeting.
The Joint Community Boards / Infrastructure Transport Environment committee will consider the staff recommendation and community feedback prior to making a