Cur­few to stop carpark an­tics

Christchurch Mail - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MONIQUE STEELE

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.

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