Call for end to quarrying

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 expensive''.

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 skyline.

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 first.

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 winter.

''We are not doing something [right] because that water continues to pool and that ground continues to be in unplayable condition.''

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 able body''.

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 permanent.

The community was keen for the completion of the West Harbour shared walkway from Maia to Port Chalmers.

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