Summit gate plans
A BID to ban cars from the summit of One Tree Hill at night has gained local approval.
Police and Cornwall Park management are behind the proposal to curb drinking, vandalism and crime at the summit.
Park director Michael Ayrton told the Maungakiekie Community Board last week the anti-social behav- iour has been increasing.
“It’s not uncommon for maintenance staff, particularly on a Friday and Saturday morning, to spend several hours cleaning up broken glass, vomit and graffiti.”
The gate would block vehicles from the summit, but the public could still walk the 1km access road.
The barrier could be opened for special occasions, such as Matariki, and security put in place instead.
Epsom community constable Gordon Campbell said a gate would free up his time to deal with other crimes.
It would also help prevent incidents like a Waitangi Day graffiti attack when an offender used a ladder to tag the obelisk, he said.
“People are not going to walk up there with alcohol. They are not going to walk up there with a ladder.”
Senior sergeant Wendy Spiller said police already made regular patrols, but it was difficult to reach the isolated summit quickly.
She said the delayed response to incidents would make security cameras ineffective.
“It would just mean we were recording people doing crime, not stopping those crimes.”
Board members agreed to endorse gates at the junction next to Sorrento restaurant, blocking access to the summit from One Tree Hill Domain between 11pm and 7am.
But they wanted to ensure the current level of police and security monitoring in the park continued.
The plan will now be considered by the Auckland City Council’s arts, culture and recreation committee.