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Summit road restrictions may impact astrophotography

Discussion in 'Astronomy in the media' started by CAS Admin, Jul 10, 2017.

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    Vehicle access to parts of the Port Hills’ Summit Rd could be restricted at night in a bid to protect the isolated and ecologically-sensitive area from vandalism and damage.

    The proposed restrictions are also targeted at improving road safety by keeping unnecessary traffic off the route.

    Following talks with the Summit Road Protection Authority and Police, the Christchurch City Council, in conjunction with Selwyn District Council, is considering restricting access to the Summit Rd, from Rapaki Rd to Gebbies Pass Rd, and Worsleys Rd (Summit Rd-Worsleys Track) between 10pm and 5am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and on public holidays.

    Under the proposal people living on the Summit Rd and the upper section of Worsleys Rd will still be able to access their properties between those times, as will their visitors, but all other vehicles under 3500 kg will be prohibited from using the road.

    Pedestrians and cyclists will still have full access.

    The public have until Friday, August 4 to give their feedback on the proposed restrictions.

    Council Transport Operations Manager Aaron Haymes said the proposal to restrict access to the Summit Rd at night was prompted by concerns at the level of anti-social behaviour occurring in the area.

    Restricting night time road access was considered the best option for protecting the area from further damage and nuisance.

    Access to the Sign of the Kiwi, via Dyers Pass Rd, would not be affected by the proposed restrictions and nor would the restrictions stop people accessing properties on the Summit Road and Worsleys Road for legitimate reasons.

    “What we really want to hear is what the public think. Is this the right step to be taking to protect this important recreational and ecological area?’’ Mr Haymes said.

    What do you think? Have your say. <-- please make a submission

    Summit Rd night-time restrictions proposed

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