Vehicle access to a track leading from Warrington to
Blueskin Bay should continue to be controlled, the Waikouaiti
Coast Community Board has decided.
The board's recommendation, which includes a suggestion an
appropriate alternative to the boulders blocking access
should be found, will go to the Dunedin City Council for
Access to the short track, which starts at the corner of Bank
and Bay Rds, was blocked about 2008, an action that has been
a source of debate among the Warrington community since then.
Last night, the board considered feedback from the community,
which was split evenly between those wanting vehicle access
and those who did not, mainly due to safety concerns.
Board chairman Gerard Collings said he could not see that
having another vehicle access to Blueskin Bay would be
beneficial, given the environmental and safety concerns
raised by the community.
''In my view, restoring vehicle access is in the long term
not in the best interests of the wider community.''
There was the potential for conflict between vehicles and
pedestrians on the narrow carriageway, as well as potential
parking problems for boat trailers, he said.
Board member Geraldine Tait said, given there were other
access points for vehicles, it was nice to have an area where
they could not gain access.
Another member, Alasdair Morrison, said he had been closely
involved with the issue for seven or eight years and the
solution had ''basically worked''.
People who lived in the immediate area of the track believed
there was a safety danger there.
However, fellow board member Richard Russell said the legal
argument for continued vehicle access was hard to dispute.
He and fellow board member Tracey Scurr did not support the
Other board members Mark Brown and Cr Andrew Noone did not
attend last night's meeting.
Community member Mike Fitzgerald, one of three members of the
public who attended the meeting, said afterwards he was very
pleased at the board's decision as he believed vehicle use of
the track would endanger pedestrians.
Warrington Ratepayers' and Householders' Association chairman
Sir Julian Smith, who did not attend the meeting, said when
contacted he hoped the issue would now go to the full
council, as he believed there were no hard facts to back the
He believed the full council would ''come to a sensible
decision'' and allow the historical right of use to remain.