Freedom campers at Ocean View last week. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Dunedin City Council may have to reassess the servicing of
toilets and rubbish bins at Ocean View as the site has proven
popular with freedom campers, Saddle Hill Community Board
chairman Scott Weatherall says.
Mr Weatherall said 12 to 20 campers stayed at the Ocean View
site most nights.
''Unofficially, I would call it the Ocean View Camping
Ground,'' he said.
The council eased freedom camping rules in the city late last
year, to allow up to five vehicles to stay for one night in
the three designated areas at Ocean View, Macandrew Bay and
No complaints had been directed to the community board as a
result of the campers, Mr Weatherall said.
''What we are seeing is the rubbish bins are getting a lot
more full,'' he said.
''What we are not seeing is the dumping of human waste that
we might see with the more traditional freedom camping in the
He was taking the lack of negative feedback as ''positive
feedback'', but he needed to talk to camping ground owners
and nearby residents to get a clearer picture of the
''We also need to be mindful that we do have camping grounds
in the area,'' he said.
''But to be fair, these people using the Ocean View area
probably weren't camping in the camping grounds anyway.''
Mr Weatherall said the new rule had concentrated the freedom
campers who used to be spread out across the area.
While use of the facilities at Ocean View was ''really
good'', the council might need to evaluate the servicing of
them, he said.
''I know the council has said it's a two-year trial, but we
need to be open to feedback,'' he said.
Dunedin City Council reserves policy and planning officer
Paula Dickel said the three sites had proved ''very
The community's response to the sites had also been positive.
''Most of the feedback we have been getting is that people
are being responsible,'' she said.
The popularity of the Ocean View site was greater than
The council was monitoring the site to ensure the servicing
of the facilities was adequate, however, servicing levels
''seem to be holding up'' and the council would review the
policy ''some time after April next year''.
''If there's a need to increase that [servicing levels] it
will be addressed, but it's something that needs to be
The servicing and use of the Ocean View site would be
discussed at the community board meeting today, Mr Weatherall