The Saddle Hill Community Board has asked for confirmation from the Dunedin City Council that the profile of Saddle Hill has not changed recently. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Saddle Hill Community Board members are concerned at the
level of quarrying taking place on the hill while a court
decision on whether it can continue is awaited.
Board member Keith McFadyen told the board last week he
believed the profile of Saddle Hill had changed.
''I can see the destruction of that hill still continuing -
it's terracing down ...it goes step, step, step,'' he said.
The hill profile had changed and continued to change despite
a ruling to ensure it would not change, he said.
He said it seemed the owner was ''trying to get as much
gravel out of that place'' as possible in case quarrying was
stopped by legal action.
The Dunedin City Council has sought guidance from the
Environment Court on what level of quarrying is legally
allowed on the hill.
The court last year ruled no resource consent exists, or ever
existed, for the hill to be quarried, but the court is still
to decide if quarry owner Saddle Views Estate Ltd has
existing use rights to quarry the hill and, if so, the level
of those rights.
An injunction on mining the ridge line was put in place until
the court made its decision. Other quarrying could continue.
Council regulatory services group manager Kevin Thompson told
the board regular checks of the hill by the council showed
the hill profile had not changed.
Board member Jonathan Usher asked for a report from the DCC
on when the matter would be heard in Environment Court and
details on action taken to monitor the hill.
Board chairman Scott Weatherall asked Mr McFadyen to take
photos to record how the profile was changing.
Council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose recently said a date
for the next Environment Court hearing was yet to be set.
Saddle Views Estate Ltd director Calvin Fisher could not be