I enjoyed your article on the closure of the Mt Eden summit to cars ( Central Leader, December 10).
There is a shuttle run by some local Maori from a car park at the bottom but this only runs Monday to Friday.
Would be better to run during weekends also.
Whenever we have visitors (most of my friends are the same) we like to drive to the top and walk to the plinth part and take in the view.
As we can have visitors any time of the year, sometimes we don’t get out of the car as the wind is too cold and a viewing is possible from the car.
I would suggest this is a push by the greenie-love-mymountain people who think they own the mountain and any ecology.
There is no more of a problem with kids being run over there than there is in any street in Auckland – after all it is up to the parents to supervise.
I have never seen ‘hoons’ up there and obviously if it is after dark the gate should be shut as surely the reason for going up is the view.
There is not enough space at the bottom for car parking and no surveillance, so why leave your car there?
Auckland’s weather is not conducive to walking up all year round.
There is tons of space on the mountain for people to wander all over it.
And because the cars can only be on the road, I can’t swallow the argument of traffic problems, no green space, etc.
It’s not the cars crawling all over the mountain after all!
Where are the complaints that have led to this review?
There aren’t any of course as this is another bureaucratic attempt to control the people of Auckland – who are the ratepayers after all – with no relevant argument.