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Summit Road is a popular recreational area with ecological significance. It is vulnerable to fires as seen recently, and historically with the burning of the Sign of the Bellbird in 2015. It is in the interests of the city to protect this asset.
A Hearing was held on Thursday 15 February. The Hearing Panel have read all of the submissions and have heard deputations from two residents and two interest groups. Following this, they resolved that:
The Hearings Panel recommends that the Council:
Submitters will be informed of the details of the Council decision making meeting once the date has been confirmed.
After considering the written submissions received, staff intend to recommend that Council not proceed with the proposal to restrict night time access of vehicles on Summit Road (Rapaki Road - Gebbies Pass Road) and Worsleys Road (Summit Road - start of the Track).
During the consultation period we received 865 submissions – 221 were in support, 99 were in support but had some concerns, and 545 did not support the proposal.
The themes of the submissions included:
Concerns about the proposal