Curfew to stop carpark antics
In an effort to curb anti-social night-time behaviour in a carpark overlooking the city, two residential Huntsbury streets may have a road restriction enforced.
A road restriction around Vista Place and Roystone Way in Huntsbury may restrict drivers from parking up at a popular lookout point during the night from 10pm to 5am, Monday to Friday.
The proposal for prohibited times was recommended to council at the Spreydon Cashmere Community Board meeting on Friday following months of lobbying by nearby residents about noise and behaviour at the Vista Place carpark.
‘‘The residents that surrounded Vista Place car park were facing loud music, defecation, people trespassing on their property to get their bongs filled with water from their taps, burnouts and rubber burning,’’ said community board chair Karolin Potter.
Submissions to the proposal reported incidents of people accessing private properties, intimidating behaviour towards residents, partying and loud music. Potter said the behaviour had frightened some residents who lived alone and left other residents feeling exhausted with the issue which had plagued the area for months.
‘‘It’s just kids having a hoon. I think even neighbours said there wasn’t much malicious behaviour, it’s what we did when we were 17-years-old. It was just a nuisance,’’ Potter said.
She said although a street ban – under the Christchurch City Council Cruising and Prohibited Times on Roads Bylaw 2014 – was ‘‘quite rare’’, the No Entry signs would not affect residents’ ability to get into their properties. The signs, reportedly costing around $2000 to install, were a favoured option discussed during consultation with police, council and community board members who agreed on the proposed restriction as a solution to the anti-social behaviour.
More than 150 Huntsbury residents were consulted on the decision to enforce time restrictions to the area during August and 85 per cent of the respondents supported it.
She said the decision provided police with a tool for enforcement.
‘‘It gives police the right to send people away.’’
Those who infringe the bylaw risk a $750 penalty.