The council should stop buying metal from Saddle Hill quarry
to help prevent further damage to the ''landmark'' site,
Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall says.
Mr Weatherall made the suggestion as part of the board's
submission to the council's 2014-15 draft annual plan
yesterday, where he asked the council to ''stop all
quarrying'' at the site.
''Let's not do any more damage than what has already been
done,'' he said.
He would be ''disappointed to hear'' the council was using
metal from the quarry, while questioning the legality of the
quarry's consent in the Environment Court.
Cr Lee Vandervis said the council had used ''a lot'' of metal
from the quarry, including as part of the State Highway 88
bypass, and asked if it should buy from elsewhere, even if
Saddle Hill quarry was ''considerably cheaper''.
Cr Hilary Calvert said if the quarry was shut down completely
there was a risk of there being a monopoly, which could
result in the price of metal becoming ''a lot more
She asked if the board could ''live with it'', if the quarry
continued to operate in a way which did not affect the hill's
The board's deputy chairwoman Pam Jennett replied it was
''concerned about the loss of a landmark''.
''It's kind of like mining in a national park. It's emotional
for people in the city area, as well as for our community
board,'' Ms Jennett said.
Mr Weatherall was also concerned about a lack of council
oversight of the trial of its freedom camping policy at Ocean
View Recreation Reserve.
The trial, which allowed for a maximum of five camper vans at
the site, had been ''too successful'', and up to 20 camper
vans were at the site on any given night.
The majority of residents were ''really supportive'' of the
trial, but the council had to ''put the resources in'' when
it came to monitoring the sites.
Up until now it had been a case of putting the signs up and
''that's it'' and it had been left up to the board to consult
residents about the trial.
Cr Vandervis asked if the community would be open to
increasing the number of freedom campers allowed at the site.
Mr Weatherall said it would be open to increasing both the
number allowed at the site and the number of sites in the
area, but there would have to be consultation with residents
Ms Jennett and Mr Weatherall also raised the need for funding
for extra footpaths and sealing roads in the board's area.
Mr Weatherall also said better management was needed for
Brighton Domain, which was unusable for large parts of the
''We are not doing something [right] because that water
continues to pool and that ground continues to be in
Mosgiel Taieri Community Board chairman Bill Feather's
submission emphasised the importance of the council
allocating $30,000 seed funding for a new Mosgiel pool.
The Taieri Community Facilities Trust, which will use the
money to investigate options for a new pool, was a ''very
Mr Feather also called on the council to speed up its project
to widen Riccarton Rd.
Chalmers Community Board chairman Steve Walker said the
community wanted the trial of a 30kmh speed limit on George
St to be made permanent.
The issue attracted the most interest at the board's recent
annual plan and residents were under the impression it would
The community was keen for the completion of the West Harbour
shared walkway from Maia to Port Chalmers.