Costly review darkens Christmas spirits
The future of a popular Christmas event hangs in the balance following a costly resource consent review.
Earlier this year, Auckland Council advised Karaka Lakes resident Shelley Burke that it was reviewing two resource consents attached to the neighbourhood’s annual Christmas light and sound event.
The consents are held under Burke’s name.
In a letter, the council says information given to it ’’contained inaccuracies that materially influenced council’s decision to grant consent and the effects of the exercise of the consent are such that it is necessary to apply more appropriate conditions’’.
It’s reviewing five conditions of the free public event held near Cornwall Place, including the duration of activity, hours of operation, traffic management and noise.
Residents have run the nighttime event since 2010. It attracts around 10,000 people over three weeks and has traditionally involved decorated houses, sleigh rides for children and a musical light show between 9pm and 10.30pm.
Crowds grew after it was featured on a live television news show in 2013, while two years later locals rallied to fund a $8000 Turua Rise, Wawatai Drive, Cornwall Place, Fountain Avenue, Trecarne Street, Thornton Green and sections of Hinau Road and Anchorage Drive fall within the notification zone.
In the past some residents have complained about noise, children walking on the road, people urinating on properties, illegal parking, damage to grass berms and street vendors.