An influx of freedom campers at Macandrew Bay is being
closely monitored by the Dunedin City Council, as part of its
review of trial camping allowances.The council recently
relaxed its freedom camping rules, allowing up to five
non-self-contained vehicles to be parked near the Macandrew
Bay public toilets overnight.
But residents says up to 30 vehicles a night, as well as
tents, have been seen in the area.
Council reserves policy and planning officer Paula Dickel
said the council was receiving regular reports from Macandrew
Bay residents and ''interested parties'' about the number of
freedom campers, which far exceeded expectations.
Ms Dickel said the council had made a monitoring form
available so feedback could be formally collated.
It would be used in next year's council review of the
two-year trial, she said.
Ms Dickel did not know how many complaints specifically
relating to freedom campers at Macandrew Bay had been
received by the council, but she said they would be
Council security contractors were undertaking regular morning
patrols at Macandrew Bay to move campers on, and further
''non-coercive'' responses were being considered to keep
numbers down and camping to overnight only, she said.
Ms Dickel said Otago Peninsula Community Board members would
work with the council next month to take a snapshot count of
freedom camping throughout Dunedin to identify problem sites.