Concerns the ridge line of Saddle Hill's smaller hump is
continuing to change are not shared by the director of the
company quarrying the hill and the Dunedin City Council.
Mosgiel Taieri Community Board chairman Bill Feather raised
the matter at this week's board meeting.
''Looking from the corner of Montrose and Larnach Sts (in
Mosgiel), it was apparent to me the front edge of the rim is
diminishing at a fast rate.''
He said he spoke to the council and was assured staff were
monitoring an area of Jaffrays Hill the court ruled could not
be quarried, by taking photos from the same three spots once
However, he did not believe the points staff took the photos
from were all encompassing.
''They certainly monitor the peak, but when it comes to the
edges of the quarry I don't know that they entirely reflect
the changes we see from Mosgiel.''
His concerns follow similar ones from Saddle Hill Community
Board members who recently said they believed the hill's
ridge line was changing from their perspective, despite a
November 9, 2012, interim enforcement order from the
The order requires quarry operator Saddle Views Estate Ltd to
stop earthworks outside a specific area, identified in the
order, on the hill until a decision is made on an application
to the court from the council seeking a direction on what
quarrying can be lawfully carried out on the hill, which is a
landmark of the area.
The court has already declared no consent to quarry the hill
exists, or ever did, and says it is not satisfied, at this
stage, that there are any existing use rights for quarrying
on Saddle Hill, but has asked for more information before
making a decision.
Saddle Views Estate, which has been quarrying the site, has
appealed the decision that no consent exists for the
activity. An appeal hearing is expected in July.
Council resource consent manager Alan Worthington said the
council was satisfied from its monitoring that the profile of
the hill outside the allowed quarry area had not changed.
It could be that from different perspectives, certain angles
and in certain light the skyline area might appear different,
but the council would speak to Mr Feather and another Mosgiel
resident who had also contacted the council, to be sure it
was clear what parts of the hill they were specifically
Staff had been taking the photos since late last year,
following community concerns.
They had also been taking photos from several other positions
Saddle Views Estate director Calvin Fisher said he understood
there was much emotion about the hill, but the company had
not touched the restricted ridge line area since the order
was put in place, and it would not be in its interest to do
''We are conscious of our upcoming court case and we are not
about to jeopardise that.''
He said the very top of the hill, some of which was
constructed of fill following earlier quarrying efforts, had
been eroding naturally for many years.